What to Do if You Have Benign Tumors In or Around Your Mouth
Posted on 4/10/2018 by Dr McMurray
Do you think you have benign tumors in or around your mouth? If so, the first thing you need to do is to take a deep breath, calm down, and relax. There is no need to panic. You need to understand first what benign tumor is. For the uninitiated, a benign tumor is different from a malignant tumor.
A malignant tumor is the cancer, while the benign tumor is an abnormal growth of cells, but do not affect other cells and invade tissues. The only time that benign tumors can be very serious is when these already affect or press blood vessels and nerves.
So, now that you know what benign tumor is, you need to know what to do. If you suspect to have a benign tumor, visit experts and professionals and do not seek help from other people who are unfamiliar with handling benign tumors. Here are the things that dentists will usually advise you.
Observe and Watch Since benign tumors are abnormal growth of cells that do not harm other cells and nearby tissues, these tumors are not highly considered as life threatening.
Usually, dentists will probe questions about how you feel about the benign tumor and run a couple of tests such as x-rays and biopsy. Once diagnosed properly that this benign tumor is not growing and not causing any pain and harm, treatment are sometimes not required.
However, careful observation should be ensured, not just by the dentists, but you. Observe and watch if your benign tumor causes you pain, swelling, and irritation. If so, it is time to get treatment.
If discomfort, pain, and other symptoms occur, it is time for a surgery. The maxillofacial surgery will be handy to remove the tumor without compromising or damaging the surrounding tissues.
Surgeries are commonly required to remove, not just the tumor, but also the risks of further damage to the nearby cells, tissues, and other parts of the oral cavity.
Early diagnosis is still advisable. Notice something strange in your oral health? We want to help. Contact us today!
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