Tumours and cysts are referred to as either benign or malignant. Benign tumours and cysts grow abnormally but do not spread to other tissues – they are not cancerous. Malignant tumours and cysts however, grow abnormally and spread to other tissues – they are cancerous. Because the mouth and jaws are composed of many different types of tissues, such as bone, muscle, glands and mucosa (the tissue that covers the cheeks, lips and gums), they are more susceptible to developing abnormal growths than other parts of the body.
Our oral and maxillofacial surgeon at The George R. Owino & Associates Dental Centre diagnoses and treats the full spectrum of cysts and tumours in and around the jaw and structures of the teeth. These include benign tumours and cysts, which are non-cancerous; those that are aggressive and growing, with the potential of becoming cancerous; and tumours that are malignant, meaning that they are cancerous.