I went to an oral surgeon last week for removal of a crowned tooth broken off at the gum line. While in the office, she performed a routine oral exam and saw a small pink area (no pain and no bleeding) on the L lateral side of tongue. She wants to re evaluate this area in 2 weeks. I work for a general dentist and upon returning to work the following day he examined the tongue as well. His findings were normal--he saw nothing. Needless to say I am very worried. I will return to her in 2 weeks, but I am worrying daily over this. I have also checked in the mirror with lights and I see nothing either. PLEASE HELP.
I have often seen patients where a general dentist "missed" a lesion or called some lesion "normal" and "nothing to worry about." I've also seen where these lesion have turned out to be malignant.
Most oral lesions are from trauma and resolve within two weeks. Any lesion that persists after 14 days should be biopsied. You cannot make a diagnosis without a histological examination i.e. biopsy.
If you are this worried you should return to the surgeon immediately and ask for the lesion to be biopsied.
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