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Q: What are fibroma and papilloma?

Posted April 10, 2013 in Advice Column, Norwalk

A: Fibroma and papilloma are names of two common benign growths, or tumors, that occur in the mouth. The so-called “irritation fibroma” is the most common. It is generally caused by incessant sucking or biting on the tongue, check or lip. The fibroma is a smooth surfaced, pink, mushroom shaped growth with a stalk that appears on the affected surface. A papilloma is also mushroom shaped but has an irregular, white, pebbly surface.

A papilloma is a growth that ears in its own, not as a result of irritation. A papilloma is similar to a wart on your skin and, can be caused by a virus. A fibroma is likely to appear, for instance, opposite a small space in the teeth through which tissue can be sucked. If that’s the cause of a fibroma, your dentist may be able to fit you with an appliance that can fill that open area.

Fibroma and papilloma are benign tumors; your dentist will generally not send them of a biopsy. The most common technique for removal is excision. Whenever you notice any abnormal growth in your mouth, see your dentist as soon as possible

Information provided by Norwalk Family Dentistry, 1101 Chatham Ave., 9000.

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