Our mouth and jaw are complex structures, built from multiple types of tissue. Combined with the functions they perform, this makes them more liable to cysts and tumours than most parts of our body.
Whilst poor oral hygiene, alchohol, or tobacco use can play a part, genetic factors also come into play. Gorlin Goltz syndrome is an example, where people lack the gene which suppresses tumours, more subtle differences also matter.
Few of us will go through life without some incidence of a growth in our oral cavity. These can range from small, benign cysts, to significant jaw tumours.
Any cancerous tumour naturally needs urgent care, such as squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity, which is relatively common. Non cancerous tumours can also grow aggressively and have the potential to become cancerous.
The key is to have any growth examined by a specialist consultant, so they are understood, can be treated correctly and your health preserved.
Symptoms & Diagnosis
Our London clinic treats advanced jaw tumours, however as with most medical conditions, the sooner an issue is found the better. Our in-house radiology facility means that if required, a CT scan can be done on the same visit as your consultation, which will significantly reduce your wait time for treatment.
Early symptoms of tumours could include red, or white patches inside your mouth, or a sore that doesn’t heal. More subtle signs may be thickening of tissue, problems with swallowing, or a sore throat which won’t go away.
Whether your symptoms are initial, or advanced, when you visit our Harley Street clinic, a maxillofacial consultant will discuss them in detail. Knowing exactly how you are affected and how you feel is important.
Your consultant will also discuss wider medical history and carry out a physical examination. Where tissue tests, or scans, such as CT, or MRI are required, they may be carried out on the day, or will be promptly arranged.
Experience and knowledge are at the root of good diagnosis, although using the latest technology can help. Part of ensuring an accurate, personal treatment plan where needed.
Treating Jaw Tumours
Treatment will be quite individual, according to your medical needs and diagnosis of the cyst, or tumour. By all means read more on the types of cysts and tumours which can form in the oral area.
There are cases where medication can assist, although for the majority of conditions, surgery will be the best, long term option.
A minimally invasive approach is always taken and in many cases, carried out in our day surgery. Where a hospital stay is required, we have arrangements in place with leading London private hospitals.
Should removal of a tumour require additional support, from dental implants, to reconstructive surgery, this is carried out in house by our specialist team.
Where curing a cancerous tumour needs radiotherapy, or chemotherapy, often alongside surgery, this will be arranged. As will support from professionals in any required field.
Our wish is to ensure you receive the best care and this is promptly put in place. Allowing your time and concerns to be focused on your wellbeing.
Care At Harley Street
Whether you have a small cyst, or a tumour which is invading your jaw and surrounding tissue, the same level of care applies. Led by a maxillofacial specialist, with the support of fine, in house facilities.
The core aim at our London centre is improving your health, alongside preserving your appearance and the natural functions of the area your jaw centres on.
From your initial appointment, through treatment and follow up care, every aspect will be built on your unique needs. Good medical treatment should be about the person involved, by all means get in touch to find out how we help.