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Bump Inside Your Cheek – Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Excerpt: When you get a bump inside your mouth, it can be annoying and very noticeable when you’re chewing.
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When you get a bump inside your mouth, it can be annoying and very noticeable when you’re chewing. Our mouths are incredibly sensitive to changes so a little bump may feel like a big deal. Some bumps are serious, but some are not. If you had a recent injury to the face, you bit your cheek, or maybe even burned, you could get local swelling that can feel like a bump. However, if the bump appears without any known direct cause, you will most likely want to get it checked out by a doctor or dentist as there is a small chance that the bump could even be cancerous. All though we recommend you hold off panicking until you get it medically examined.

Mucoceles can occur on the lower lip and inner part of the cheek, as these are frequent areas of injury in the mouth. However, they can also occur anywhere inside the mouth. These small bumps can vary in size from 1/2 to 1 inch and are painless and soft. mucoceles are caused by a buildup of mucous, which can happen for a variety of reasons, including canker sore, mucocele cysts, accidental injury, and torus palatinus. Prevention of bumps inside the cheek is key to preventing the development of mucoceles, so read on for tips on how to keep your mouth healthy! When you think you might have a mucocele, see your dentist for an evaluation. They will be able to determine the best course of treatment for you.

The causes of a bump inside Your cheek

Bumps inside the cheek can be a nuisance, but they can also be a sign of something much worse. If you have been diagnosed with mumps, it is essential to take antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor. This will help to clear up the infection completely and will prevent further complications. Most bumps inside the cheek are caused by a viral illness called mumps, and symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, and swollen jaw or face. The best way to diagnose mumps is through a blood test. If you do get mumps, make sure to take care of yourself and rest as much as possible. Drink plenty of fluids and rest your sore body. Above all, stay positive and know that with the right treatment, you will make a full recovery.

If you have a dental check up approaching, it would best to ask your dentist about the bump and if it is serious or not!

Canker Sore

A canker sore is a common problem that can happen when the inside of the cheek is irritated. It usually manifests as a red, scaly rash that can progress to a deep ulcer. To ease the pain and hasten the healing process, cold compresses can help soothe the area. Additionally, antibiotics and rest are the best ways to treat it. Prevention is key – avoid picking at the corky skin or irritation will worsen!

Mucocele Cysts

Mucoceles, also known as mucous membrane cysts, are tiny bumps that can form on the mucous membranes in your nose, mouth, or throat. They can be benign (not cancerous) but can cause a number of symptoms, including a thickened layer of the mucous membrane, difficulty breathing, and a sore throat. Treatment typically involves draining the mucocele and applying antibiotic cream to it twice a day for up to seven days or until it subsides completely. They’re most common in people between the ages of 15 and 35, but they can occur at any age. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.

Squamous Papilloma

If you’re ever worried about skin cancer known as squamous papilloma, now is the time to be alarmed. This cancerous cell can be found through environmental exposure – such as UV radiation from the sun or tobacco smoke – and is most commonly found on the face. If you notice any changes in your skin or if it hurts to move your cheek, it’s time to visit the doctor. In most cases, treatment for squamous papilloma typically includes surgery followed by radiation and/or chemotherapy treatments. If you’re ever worried about your skin, it’s important to be proactive and get checked regularly. And remember, don’t wait – cancer can start early and is often difficult to treat.

Accidental Injury

Your bump can be a sign of an accidental injury, and you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. In the meantime, here are some tips on how to treat the bump and reduce the inflammation

  1. Return to your normal activities slowly, and avoid strenuous exercise for several days after the injury. 
  2. Apply ice and compression to the bump as soon as possible to reduce inflammation and swelling. 
  3. If the bump is large, sore, or tender, see a doctor. A small bump may just need some ice and compression, while a more serious bump may require surgical intervention. 
  4. If you experience any of the following symptoms after an accidental injury, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention: fever, sore throat, headache, nausea, vomiting, pain in the jaw or neck, or difficulty swallowing.

Torus Palatinus

The bump inside your cheek could be a result of torus palatinus, which is common and can cause pain, tenderness, redness, and swelling. Rest is the key to healing quickly, so don’t try any treatments on your own. Consult with your doctor to get the best possible care. Treatment typically involves antibiotics to kill the bacteria that are causing the infection and ice to reduce inflammation. Keep your cheek elevated to avoid swelling and pain, and make sure to keep up with your hydration levels to help speed up the healing process.

Prevention Of Bump Inside Cheek

Most of the time you will not be able to prevent bumps inside your cheek, however, you should wear mouth guards when doing anything that may cause you injury. Custom mouth guards will give you the best protection, but store bought mouth guards will work in a pinch as well!

Treatment Of Bump Inside Cheek

Bumps inside cheeks can be quite alarming and can be caused by a variety of health problems. If you notice a bump and it’s not going away on its own, it’s important to seek medical help. There are many treatments available, from over-the-counter medications to surgery. It’s important to get the right diagnosis and to follow all instructions of your doctor. Be sure to avoid any home remedies that have not been approved by your dentist. 

When To See A Doctor

When it comes to bumps and other related problems, it can be tough to know what to do. That’s why it’s always a good idea to consult a doctor or your dentist. In the event that you experience any of the following symptoms, it’s best to head to the nearest hospital or even make an emergency dental appointment if you are able to do so:

  • Redness or swelling around the bump 
  • Unusual discharge from the bump 
  • Sore that won’t go away


So you’ve got a bump inside your cheek – what do you do now? Well, if it’s not a cancerous lump or an accidental injury, the most likely cause of the bump is a mucocele cyst. These are small cysts that can form inside the mouth and cheek and can be quite painful. To treat mucocele cysts, your doctor will usually prescribe antibiotics and pain relief. If the cyst is large or has spread to other areas of the mouth, your doctor may also recommend surgery. Accidental injury can also cause bumps inside the cheek and can be treated with ice and elevation. If the bump is causing discomfort or soreness, take your symptoms to your doctor for assessment and treatment. 

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