Cysts and tumors can sometimes be indicative of larger problems, like oral cancer, so it’s important to assess and monitor their occurrence. Marc Rothman, DMD, and M. David Kim, DMD, evaluate, diagnose, and treat the full spectrum of cysts and tumors at Rothman and Kim Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. The practice has two convenient locations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Cinnaminson, New Jersey. If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation, call either office or book online.
Cysts are pockets or abnormal sacs that sometimes contain fluid. They can form in your bone or in your soft tissues and can grow to become harmful. Cysts that grow very large can leave your jawbone more susceptible to breaking and can loosen and shift your teeth.
Tumors are solid or semi-solid masses that are composed of abnormal cells. They can be grouped into two broad categories: non-cancerous (benign) and cancerous (malignant).
Anyone can develop a tumor or a cyst in their jaw or oral tissues, but there are a few risk factors that make you more susceptible, including:
Your mouth and jaw are also generally more susceptible to developing abnormal growths than the other areas of your body. This is because they’re composed of a variety of tissue types, like muscle, bone, glands, and mucosa.
If you have a cyst or tumor, you might notice an abnormal bump or lump in your tissues. These typically don’t produce any pain.
More often than not, though, cysts and tumors in the face and jaw don’t produce noticeable symptoms. In most cases, your dentist or oral surgeon notices them during a regular dental exam.
If your provider suspects you have a cyst or tumor, they’ll usually suggest taking a panoramic X-ray, CT scan, or MRI to get a more detailed look and diagnose the mass.
The team of experts at Rothman and Kim Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is highly skilled in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating many types of cysts and tumors in and around the jaw and teeth.
Your cyst or tumor treatment is highly dependent on the type of cyst or tumor you have and its stage of growth. Treatment usually involves surgically removing or altering the growth and can sometimes include medications.
The team also works in conjunction with other professionals to treat oral cancer and severe infections in your jaw, neck, salivary glands, and oral cavity.
To learn more about how cysts and tumors can affect your oral health or to have the team at Rothman and Kim Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery assess your cysts or tumors, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.