Mouth Tumors and Cyst Surgery
Tumors and cysts in the mouth require the collaborative expertise of many types of physician specialists, including oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Whether non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous, our surgeons are specially trained and highly experienced in removing growths and oral cancers, and in reconstructing oral structures.
As part of an academic medical center, our surgeons use proven techniques and partner with specialists in areas including head and neck cancer and ear, nose and throat (otolaryngology) to provide the best possible function and appearance for patients.
Working together, our physician care team strategizes steps before, during and after surgery that will best treat the tumor or cancer and preserve your speech, ability to bite and chew, appearance and comfort.
Oral and Maxillofacial Procedures Before Surgery
Some oral and maxillofacial procedures are recommended before surgery or treatment, especially in the case of radiation therapy for cancer. Surgeons may also assist with diagnostic procedures like lesion removals and biopsies, in which a small tumor or cyst tissue sample is taken and then sent to a laboratory for testing and identification.
Oral Tumor, Cyst and Cancer Removal Surgery
As often as possible, surgeons meet with patients in advance to plan necessary reconstruction or dental implant procedures that can be performed during a surgery to remove oral tumors, cysts or cancers.
If cancer has affected the jaw bones or the hard palate at the roof of the mouth, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are often called on to remove these tumors and reconstruct the impacted areas. Jaw tumors may require mandibulectomy to remove parts or all of the jaw bone. The removed segment may be replaced with a piece of bone from another part of the body, a man-made structure or another option.
For tumors that have grown into the hard palate at the front of the roof of the mouth, surgeons may perform a maxillectomy to remove the part of the bone involved. A special denture called a prosthesis will be created to fill the gap in the mouth created by the procedure.
Reconstructive Oral Surgery
Following surgery to remove cysts or tumors, reconstructive oral and maxillofacial surgery may be scheduled to rebuild the bones of the mouth, restore function and enhance appearance. This may include dental implants.