Bumps or lumps on the roof of the mouth can be noncancerous or cancerous. The most common bony outgrowths on the roof of the mouth are called palatal tori and occur in 20 to 30 percent of the population, according to Dr. William M. Bennett in a 2013 article in The New England Journal of Medicine.Continue Reading
These outgrowths are benign, bony projections that most frequently appear in the midline of the roof of the mouth. Family Practice Notebook explains that torus palatinus represents 17 percent of all oral lesions and most of them occur on the roof of the mouth. These lesions grow slowly and are harmless unless they become traumatized when a person is eating. Tori occur more frequently in females than males and people older than 30 years of age.
Cancerous tumors can also originate on the roof of the mouth. They can occur on the hard palate or from the salivary gland components of the soft palate. Fifty-three percent of hard palate cancers are squamous cell carcinomas, while the salivary component cancers are more frequently adenoid cystic carcinomas, notes Medscape. Soft palate cancers are frequently related to tobacco and alcohol use. The relationship between hard palate cancers and environmental exposure is not yet clear.
It is always a good idea to consult a physician when a new bump or lump appears in the mouth. Even though most oral growths are benign, there is still a chance they may be cancerous, and it is very difficult to diagnose cancer by inspection without a biopsy, according to The Merck Manual Professional Edition.Learn more about Pain & Symptoms
Tiny bumps on the palate (roof) of the mouth can be caused by several issues, are usually harmless and typically go away on their own without treatment, according to MD-Health. White bumps on the palate can be caused by smoking; mandibular torus or exostosis is marked by bumps on the palate or jaw and can be caused by food injuries, such as sharp foods becoming lodged in the mouth. Mucoceles can be marked by bumps on the palate when a salivary gland is blocked or cut.Full Answer >
Small white bumps on the roof of the mouth may be caused by thrush, a condition created by an overabundance of the fungus candida. Candida is commonly known as yeast, according to WebMD.Full Answer >
Pain on the roof of the mouth may be referred to as palate pain and may occur due to mouth cancer, infections, canker sore, dental issues, hot drinks or food, irritating substances and burning mouth syndrome. This condition can cause discomfort when eating and even talking.Full Answer >
Itching of the roof of the mouth is a common symptom of allergic rhinitis, a condition in which the immune system reacts to external or internal allergens, such as pollens, mold and dust mites, according to Avera Health. Additional symptoms include nasal congestion, watering eyes and sneezing.Full Answer >