Figure 2-1. Fibroma.
Papillomas (figures 2-2 and 2-3) are benign stalk-like (pedunculated) growths
originating from the surface tissues. This outward growing, cauliflower-like, surface
tumor is common within the oral cavity and may occur anywhere on oral mucosa.
Surgical removal is curative.
NOTE: The lingual frenum of the tongue is a common site of papilloma development.
This possibly is because of constant irritation of this tissue by irregular or sharp
lower incisor teeth. Surgical removal is indicated. Notice the cauliflower shape
of the papilloma.
Figure 2-2. Papilloma, cauliflower shape.