Oral Fibroma: Diagnosis and Treatment from the Cincinnati Dental Experts
Are you looking for a dentist in Cincinnati to treat your oral fibroma? An oral fibroma, or traumatic fibroma, affects approximately 1-2% of the population, and occurs in both adult men and women. “Traumatic fibroma” refers to when a
person repeatedly bites or irritates the affected area. When this consistently happens the oral fibroma gets bigger and more troublesome every time.
They are usually round or oval in nature, and measure 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.
What is an oral fibroma?
- 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.
Treatment for an oral fibroma
- Dr. Thomas Hedge has experience and training with oral fibroma removal, diagnosis, and treatment. He evaluates each patient’s oral fibroma on a case-by-case basis to determine the best treatment(s). Dr. Hedge has the technology and expertise to successfully remove an oral fibroma. His success rates for this minimally invasive procedure are very high.
- 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, he usually recommends aspirin or ibuprofen to patients to decrease inflammation.
If you suspect that you have an oral fibroma, Dr. Hedge will
be happy to successfully diagnose and remove it. Call 513-392-4598 today for your free consultation!
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