The inside of the mouth, the oral cavity, is lined with delicate tissue known as mucosa. When healthy, the oral mucosa appears smooth and pink. Any changes in a person’s oral or physical health status can directly influence the appearance and texture of this tissue and could be a warning sign of an underlying pathological process such as an abscess, polyp, cyst or tumor. In fact, many pre-cancerous changes to the oral mucosa are detected by dentists during routine dental examinations, and these ‘lesions’ can often be surgically managed before they become a full-fledged cancer.
While some ‘oral lesions’ develop over a short period of time, other cysts and tumors in the jaws develop slowly over many years. Often, such cysts or tumors are benign and are associated with an impacted wisdom tooth. Simple excision of the pathological entity and removal of the associated tooth is the only management required for many cases, while others may require more extensive removal of bone and/or soft tissue.
For any pathological entity removed by our surgeon at Oxford OMS Centre, the tissue will be sent to a certified pathologist for examination and determination of a diagnosis. Once we receive the pathology results, we always have a patient back to review the implications of the diagnosis and any further treatment that may be required. For most cases, the initial ‘biopsy’ involves complete removal of the lesion and no further treatment is required.
If you have a new or long-standing lesion on your oral mucosa, tongue, lips, or face, bring it to the attention of your family dentist or specialist. Your family dentist may also find a suspicious lesion during an oral or X-ray examination and determine that further investigation by 3D imaging and/or biopsy is necessary. If your dentist feels that our surgeon at Oxford OMS Centre should assess any suspicious lesion, you can trust that we will guide you step-by-step through the process and take any steps required to arrive at a diagnosis and solution for your particular situation.