Figure 5-13. - Candidiasis.
Figure 5-14. - Hairy leukoplakia.
(tumor) and is a growth of abnormal tissue. There are two types of neoplasms:
Benign tumors - not life threatening
Malignant tumors - life threatening if left untreated
Classifications of Malignant Tumors
Dentists are trained and give special attention when performing an oral cancer screening on a patient to detect any type of cancer. Often these lesions do not cause any pain while in the early stages of development. A malignant tumor can become fatal if not found in its early stages or if left untreated. The following are classifications of malignant tumors.
Carcinoma - cancer of the epithelium usually found on the oral mucosa of the mouth, lips (fig. 5-16), tongue, cheeks, and floor of the mouth. Carcinomas start off looking like elevated or ulcerated lesions, andContinue Reading