A pregnancy tumor is a red or purple bump. It can show up anywhere in the mouth, but it's often seen near the gumline. It is usually attached by a narrow stem of tissue. The bump bleeds easily. It may form an open sore or become crusted over. Pregnancy tumors range in size from only a few millimeters across to an inch or two.
Pregnancy tumors are not dangerous. Causes include:
There are many names for pregnancy tumors. They are also called:
If the tumor bothers you or makes it hard for you to eat, your dentist can remove it. You receive an injection (needle with medicine) to numb the area so you do not feel the tumor removal. Some women may need to see a specialist, such as an oral surgeon or a dentist with special training in pathology or oral medicine.
Some pregnancy tumors come back even after they are taken out. The chance of the tumor coming back increases: