Within the last decade, there has been a growing discussion amongst dental and medical professionals to increase public awareness of oral cancer as well as oral human papilloma virus. It is important for dental patients to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of oral cancer in their own mouths as well as schedule regular oral cancer screenings with the oral and maxillofacial surgeon. However, if you are not accustomed to examining your own mouth, you may not be able to determine which lumps and bumps are normal and which ones could be hazardous to your health.
Your dental surgeon can help by performing a clinical examination to identify any areas that appear to be abnormal. During these examinations, the peripheral oral exophytic lesion is commonly seen, and it can be caused by a number of factors. This particular group of oral lesions refers to a pathologic growth that protrudes above or beyond the normal height of your soft tissues. This can include lesions found on the gums, the lining of the cheeks and lips, the tongue, and the floor of the mouth, but does not include any lesions that originated in the underlying bone.
A peripheral oral exophytic lesion may appear as a lump or bump on the tissue and could be due to an increase in the size of your own tissue cells, the number of tissue cells in the area, the growth of a benign or malignant tumor, or an increase in fluid in one location.
Your downtown dental surgeon will assess the lesion, performing a biopsy to confirm the findings, and then recommend further oral surgery when necessary. Some lesions are not harmful to your health, and no treatment will be recommended.
Fibromas, peripheral granulomas, mucoceles, papillomas, and lipomas, are among some identified peripheral oral exophytic lesions, and most are the result of chronic irritation or trauma.
There are other oral conditions that can resemble a peripheral oral exophytic lesion, but the clinical appearance, the location, and the information gained from the biopsy will help to determine its true identity as well as the best treatment.
To receive a complete evaluation of your soft tissues call ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio at 312-328-9000 to schedule your examination today.