Leukoplakia is a sore or lesion that develops on the tongue or the inside of the cheek. This in many cases are of precancerous nature,so it becomes very important that biopsy is done after removal of the lesion using laser.
Leukoplakia is caused due to chronic irritation or irritants like tobacco. Treatment for leukoplakia, involves removing the source of irritation.
Many a times Leukoplakia is usually harmless, and lesions clear in a few weeks or months after the source of irritation is removed. Quitting tobacco use of any kind may reduce or even eliminate leukoplakia.
What is Leukoplakia. Leukoplakia is a clinical term used to describe patches of keratosis. It is visible as adherent white patches on the mucous membranes of the oral cavity, including the tongue. The clinical appearance is highly variable. It must be distinguished from diseases that may cause similar white lesions, such as candidiasis or lichen planus. It is sometimes described as precancerous. It is also associated with smoking.Tobacco, either smoked or chewed, is considered to be the main culprit in its development. Laser Surgery for Leukoplakia
Laser surgery for oral mucosal lesions has been reported to have many advantages, and it is widely used in the treatment of oral leukoplakia. Laser excision or vaporization are suitable for leukoplakia in the tongue and buccal mucosa. Management of oral leukoplakia prevents not only recurrence and malignant transformation, but also postoperative dysfunction . Laser surgery is an excellent procedure which can be done as a day case procedure under local anesthetic. We have good experience in removing Leukoplakia and in using Laser for the surgery.
Though removal of Leukoplakia may be successfully done using laser, Biopsy of suspected area must be done same time in order to rule out the possibility of cancer. The wound healing process after laser surgery or removal of leukoplakia using laser is very fast and no significant complications have been observed. The laser surgery or laser treatment of leukoplakia has provided a promising new approach in the management of these lesions with excellent wound healing.