What You Need to Do If You Find a Lump in Your Mouth
Posted on 7/7/2020 by Nevada Oral & Facial Surgery
If you have discovered that you have a bump or growth in your mouth, it's important to address it. If after 7-10 days it has not healed, changed, or gone away. It needs to be looked at. Bumps can be found in almost all the tissues in the oral cavity. The most common places there are found is on the lips, tongue, floor of the oral cavity, or in the back half orally area known as the soft tissue.
Non-Cancerous Growths in the Mouth
There are a handful of bumps and growths in your mouth that are classified as non-cancerous. They should always be looked at and verified by a professional. They can be caused by a gum or tooth that is abscessing or by simply being irritated. With the possibility of cancer, it's better to air on the side of caution. According to the Merck Manual, 10-40% of people experience a non-cancerous growth when it is discovered and removed. That same number experience the regrowth of it again. Without it being removed, there is the risk of it becoming cancerous. Warts, Thrush, and Cysts are common growths that can be found. Keratoacanthomas are a type of lump that starts on the lips and other areas of the body exposed to the sun. They are removed as well due to the possibility of becoming cancerous. There are dozens of other types of growths that require removal. Your's may not be cancerous, yet it may still need to be removed.
Precancerous and Cancerous Growths to Be Aware of
Any type of White, red, or a mixture of the two colors that doesn't easily pop and wipe away. Should be alarming. After two weeks if they haven't gone away, it's important to seek immediate help. Leukoplakia and Erythroplakia are two of the precancerous lumps found as white for the Leuko and red for Erythro. The mixed red and white lumps are a mixture of both. Cancer is very difficult to identify. There are so many different visual cues and signs that it is most important to be left to a professional. Early warning signs include firm lumps, weight loss, the red and white, or any lump lasting longer than 2 weeks.
If you have noticed a lump and it meets the criteria above, contact us today. The sooner they are addressed the higher the chances of a positive recovery.