Oral Lumps can be caused by trauma such as biting the lip or side of the tongue, cystic with fluid causing the lump, or can represent a tumour or cancer. Oral lumps or bumps in the mouth are common and the successful treatment depends on a timely diagnosis.
Early identification is essential for effective treatment of oral lumps and bumps resulting in the least invasive treatment.
Oral lumps can be evaluated as part of a full head and neck examination.
Oral lumps and bumps may require biopsy. Biopsy can be incisional (to collect a sample) or excisional (to remove the entire mass). Additional examinations and specific scans may be required to assess the lumps, especially if they are deep under the surface and cannot be seen.
Common treatments include:
If your oral lump or bump persists after two weeks, a doctor or dentist should be consulted without any delay. If previous warnings about the risk of cancer due to the excessive consumption of tobacco and alcohol have been given, a doctor or dentist should be consulted immediately.
To consult an Oral Medicine Specialist regarding your oral lump or bump, ask your doctor or dentist to refer you to TeleOralMedicine.