Q: How serious is a tumor in the mouth?
A: The good news is that most tumors that appear in the mouth are benign, meaning non-cancerous. Any unusual growth in the mouth, however, is the trigger to make a call to your dentist.
The most common type of growth in the mouth is called an “irritation fibroma.” It appears as a smooth-surfaced, small pink mushroom attached by a stalk to the tongue, inner cheek, or lip. It is generally caused by biting or sucking on the spot where it develops. The fibroma often occurs where a small space between the teeth allows for the sucking or biting on tissue. If the “irritation fibroma” is a recurring problem, the dentist may recommend a small, fixed bridge to close the gap.
Another relatively common benign growth is called a “papilloma.” It is also mushroom shaped, but has an irregular, white surface. A papilloma will appear of its own accord. The usual course of treatment for either of these tumors is to excise them. As a rule, these tumors do not require a biopsy, a determination as to whether they are cancerous. And although these tumors are non-cancerous, not all tumors are. So, once again, whenever you become aware of an abnormal growth or spot in your mouth, see your dentist immediately.
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