What is an Oral cysts and tumors?
Oral cysts and tumors are fairly common in the mouth and jaw regions. Though these oral growths are not usually malignant (cancerous), removal may be necessary for your long-term oral health.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM CYST OR TUMOR REMOVAL?
Anyone who has noticed or been diagnosed with a cyst or tumor in the oral cavity will benefit from removal. There are three types of growths that can occur within your mouth and jaw:
- Growths and cysts
- Benign tumors
- Malignant (cancerous) tumors
If left untreated, cysts and tumors may cause irritation or infection which can spread to the surrounding mouth tissues. Though uncommon, tumors may also be a sign of oral cancer. In this case, early detection and intervention is essential.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR SURGERY
Prior to treatment, your surgeon will perform a biopsy by removing a small amount of tissue from the cyst or tumor. This will be sent to a pathology laboratory for analysis. Treatment will depend on the size and type of cyst or tumor.
The most common treatment for cysts and tumors is excision (surgical removal). This is generally an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. More aggressive cysts or tumors, or those that are difficult to access, will require more extensive surgery.
AFTER YOUR CYST OR TUMOR REMOVAL SURGERY
Your recovery is highly dependent on the extent of your surgery. Most patients experience some post-operative pain and swelling. Over-the-counter or prescription pain medication should ease your discomfort. Your surgeon will provide you with specific aftercare and hygiene instructions. It is important to avoid aggravating the treatment area during recovery. Most patients are able to resume normal activities within a few days.
UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS OF YOUR SURGERY
All surgical procedures have risks. These risks will be discussed in depth during your consultation. Some risks associated with cyst and tumor treatment may include bleeding, infection, excessive scarring and swelling. There is also the chance that your cyst or tumor will return after surgery.
IF YOU’RE READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP
Contact us to schedule a consultation in Memphis TN. During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to review photos and discuss details such as the cost and expected recovery time.