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Tumors Specialist

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants -  - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Bayside, Bayside, NY & Upper East Side, New York, NY

A tumor can be a sign of oral cancer and needs to be treated quickly. At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants, Scott Goldstein, MS, DDS, and Peter Rosa, DDS, MD, FACS, offer a variety of safe and effective treatments for tumors. With two New York City offices conveniently located in Bayside, Queens, and Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants is a trusted provider for your oral health needs. Booking a visit is easy: simply call either office or use the online tool.

Tumors Q & A

What is a tumor?

A tumor is a mass of abnormal cells and can be found anywhere on or in your body. Oral tumors, in particular, can develop on your:

  • Gums
  • Inner cheek
  • Tongue
  • Lips
  • Soft and hard palate
  • Floor of your mouth

Many tumors are benign, but in some cases, they can be indicative of oral cancer.

What is oral cancer?

Generally speaking, cancer is a condition wherein otherwise healthy cells in your body mutate and replicate, causing damage to the surrounding tissue. Oral cancer, in particular, is a type of head and neck cancer that develops in your oral tissues.

There are over 49,000 oral cancer diagnoses every year in the United States, with those over 40 years old being the most at risk. Detecting and treating oral cancer early is vital to treating the condition.

What are the signs of oral cancer?

In some cases, you might be able to detect oral cancer by the presence of a tumor. If you have an oral tumor, you might notice a growth, mass, or sore in your mouth that doesn’t go away, or patches of red or white spots in, on, or around your mouth or lips.

Oral cancer can also present itself with any of the following symptoms:

  • Unexplained bleeding in your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Lump in your neck
  • Pain in your ears, jaw, or tongue
  • Weight loss
  • Numbness in your lower lip, face, neck, or chin

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants immediately.

How do you diagnose and treat oral cancer?

If your oral surgeon detects any signs of oral cancer, a biopsy of the suspicious tissue is taken. A biopsy involves removing a portion or the entirety of the tissue and sending it to a lab for testing.

If your test results come back positive for oral cancer, there are a variety of treatment methods available, including:

  • Surgery to remove any cancerous or compromised tissues
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted drug therapy
  • Immunotherapy

Your oral surgeon and doctor consult with you to choose a treatment method best suited for your particular condition and preferences.

What does recovery look like for oral cancer treatments?

Each oral cancer treatment has a different recovery process, and your oral surgeon can discuss those with you when you’re choosing your treatment method.

If your treatment involves removing a significant amount of oral tissues, the team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants can help rehabilitate your mouth and offer a variety of high-quality treatments to reconstruct your smile.

Schedule your consultation today by calling the office and speaking with a friendly team member or booking an appointment online.