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Dr. Balu and Dr. Ramya
Oral leukoplakia is the most prequent potentially malignant disorder of oral mucosa, it was first defined by World Health Organization in 1978 as a white patch or plaque which cannot otherwise be characterized pathologically or clinically as any other disease.
It is a precancerous lesion, a tissue alteration in which cancer is more likely to develop. Most leukoplakia patches are benign or noncancerous, though few show early signs of cancer. Cancers at the bottom of the mouth can occur next to areas of leukoplakia and white areas mixed in with red areas (speckled leukoplakia) may indicate the potential for cancer.
Leukoplakia is classified into two main types:
Leukoplakia is characterized by unusual patches inside your mouth which can vary in appearance and may have the following features:
The exact cause of leukoplakia is still unknown. It’s primarily linked to the use of tobacco where smoking is the most common cause.
Other causes of Leukoplakia include:
Removing the source of irritation. For example, if leukoplakia is caused by a rough tooth or an irregular surface on a denture or filling the tooth will be smoothed and dental appliances repaired. If leukoplakia is caused by smoking, you will be asked to minimize or stop smoking or using other tobacco products.
At Bangalore Dental Implants for treating leukoplakia, we not only use the above-mentioned ways but also use laser technology for getting better results.
Consult your dentist immediately in case you spot unusual patches in your mouth and get treated before it turns out to be serious