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    What could the flat lump in roof of mouth be?

    I have had a flat ovalish lump on the right side in the roof of my mouth. I have had it for 11 days. When i feel it with my finger it feels as though there are two bumps in it, it aches a bit if i push on it with my finger or tongue. I am also experiencing a blocked right ear. I am 45 yrs old and have never somked. I am suffering with anxiety at the moment could this be related?
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    Dr Paul Coceancig

    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

    I am a specialist oral & maxillofacial surgeon based in Sydney and Newcastle, Australia. I graduated in medicine from the University of Otago, and in … View Profile

    It sounds like you have a dental abscess in one of your upper back teeth. Because it is new, painful, and squishy (flat), it indicates that it more likley an infection, than anything else.
    Abscess of the upper back teeth can also lead to sinus infection, which in turn can give the feeling of a head cold.
    Of course not all lumps in the roof of your mouth are dental abscesses, and you should present to your GP or family dentist/dental surgeon, for a referral to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for specialist advice and treatment.
    Anyhting that worries you, is always going to make your background anxiety worse. Everything that occurs to you, is always innately related.
    I hope that helps.

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    Jaffar Dental - Trusted and Established since 1997. We are a family owned General Dental Practice offering a friendly and caring environment in Waterford QLD. … View Profile

    It could be a natural bony ridge called a maxillary Tori. If it rapidly changes shape, seek advice from a dentist

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    It certainly sound like a tooth abscess, often these develop because the nerve in an upper molar has died and the infection on one of the roots which is close to your palate is trying to escape and drain throught the skin layer just like a pimple does on your face. I suggest you see a dentist and have an x-ray and nerve vitality tests which should identify the affected tooth. It would then need a root canal treatment if you want to save the tooth or an extraction if you don't want the infection to spread and make you more ill.

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