Cysts & Tumors
Oral Cancer Treatment Ft. Lauderdale
It is important for all patients to have a routine evaluation for signs of changes and or growths within the oral cavity. Dr. Sultan and his colleagues recommend those at high risk for oral cancer, namely smokers, drinkers, users of chewing tobacco perform a self evaluation monthly. When detected in the early stages, oral cancer may be more easily treated.
Warning Signs of Oral Cancer
- Reddish patches or whitish patches in the mouth
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
- A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology and, curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.
Should a suspicious area be detected, a biopsy may be recommended in order to perform a microscopic evaluation for an accurate diagnosis. At this point, a variety of treatment options may be recommended, ranging from observation, medication, radiation, and or surgery.
As opposed to oral cancer, there are other types of growths that are found in the oral cavity. A tumor is a localized growth of hard or soft tissue. It can be benign (staying in one place ) or malignant (travels to other areas of the body). A cyst is a fluid filled cavity also found either in the soft or hard tissues. Although cysts and tumors may not be malignant, they can enlarge locally causing pain and tissue destruction. It is important that Dr. Sultan takes a 3D CT scan in order to detect bony changes that may not normally be seen with routine dental x-rays.
Infections in the Oral Cavity
Should you develop acute tooth pain, please see your dentist as soon as possible. This can be an early warning sign of a developing infection. Ignoring the problem will not make the condition better. Contrary to popular belief, taking antibiotics will only control an infection, not necessarily curing it. A definitive treatment for an infection may include drainage, root canal or possibly removal of the tooth. If pain is associated with fever, swelling, difficulty in opening the mouth, difficulty swallowing or breathing, these are signs of a serious, possibly life threatening infection. These conditions may involve hospitalization, intravenous antibiotics and surgery.
Please do not ignore any suspicious lumps or sores, or pains in or around your mouth. Should you recognize any of the above signs or symptoms, please contact our office to schedule a consultation!