A 33-year-old member asked:
is leukoplakia deadly?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein answered
32 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Not in and of itself: Leukoplakia is an overgrowth of the top layer of the skin or mucous membrane. Similar to a callous, it occurs due to chronic irritation, quite frequently found in smokers. It is called a "precancerous" lesion for it has been noted that some (not all) of these area will turn cancerous. I would strongly recommend an examination and possible biopsy if you haven't done so already. If you smoke, stop!
Answered on Feb 24, 2018
Dr. Kenneth Grossman answered
43 years experience Endodontics
No in itself: There are many causes of white plaque, or leukoplakia.. Over time and depending on cause, some of these can become squamous cell cancer.
Answered on Apr 29, 2015
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr. answered
49 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Reference Site: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002041/.
Answered on Mar 10, 2016
Dr. Seth Black answered
43 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Maybe: A disorder of a mucous membrane characterized by one or more white patches, occurring most commonly on the cheek, tongue, vulva, or penis: often medically insignificant but sometimes becoming malignant. A biopsy is necessary to make a definitive diagnosis.
Answered on Sep 26, 2019
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