Oral Fibroma Treatment and Diagnosis
Are you looking for a Houston dentist to help you treat your oral fibroma? An oral fibroma, or traumatic fibroma, can occur in both men and women and affects approximately 1-2% of the population. A traumatic or irritated fibroma refers to when a person repeatedly bites or irritates the affected area. Oral fibroma is a common benign scar-like reaction to persistent long-standing irritation in the mouth.
Oral fibroma (or traumatic fibroma) is usually a firm smooth lump in the mouth, and measures approximately 1mm to 2cm in diameter. A patient who has an oral fibroma typically does not experience symptoms, but having one can be bothersome and irritating.
An oral fibroma is simply a mass of connective tissue, which is similar to scar tissue, and consists of collagen. They are pink in color, not contagious, and are harmless unless they interfere with daily functioning. In this case, an oral fibroma should be removed.
Oral fibromas usually form as a result of chronic irritation, such as: a rough tooth rubbing against your gums or cheek; biting your lip or cheek; and chronic irritation caused by dentures or other dental appliances. The most common oral sites of an oral fibroma are: cheeks (where upper and lower teeth meet); sides of the tongue; gums; and on the inside of your lower lip.
Oral fibromas do not disappear without treatment. Your only option is removing them by a dentist with surgical training, an oral surgeon, or a periodontist.
The Houston Dentists have experience and training with oral fibroma treatment, diagnosis, and removal. They evaluate each patient’s oral fibroma on a case-by-case basis to determine the best treatment(s). The Houston Dentists have the technology and expertise for successful oral fibroma treatment and success rates for this minimally invasive procedure are very high.
Oral Fibroma Treatment Procedure
For the procedure, he will use a local anesthesia to numb the area, and then remove the oral fibroma with a laser. Usually two to three small stitches will be needed to close the wounded area. Lastly, a biopsy is typically performed to ensure the oral fibroma is properly diagnosed, and to pinpoint the type of abnormal tissue growth.
The entire in-office procedure takes approximately 10-15 minutes, and you should heal within a few days to a week. Since patients do not experience major discomfort after the oral fibroma removal procedure, we usually recommend aspirin or ibuprofen to patients to decrease inflammation.
If you suspect that you have an oral fibroma, we will be happy to successfully diagnose and remove it. Call 713-481-5666 today for your free consultation!