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A benign tumorlike lesion of the gingiva.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a benign tumorlike growth of soft tissues in the region of the alveolar processes. Epulis results from prolonged irritation of the mucosa and from hormonal changes symptomatic of defective bone formation. An epulis grows slowly and may achieve a size 3 cm in diameter or more. It becomes ulcerous when traumatized by the sharp edge of a tooth or dentures. It is treated by surgery.

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Removal of epulis fissuratum associated to vestibuloplasty with carbon dioxide laser.
The purpose of this study was to establish frequency and distribution of different biopsied oral soft tissue lesions which included irritational fibroma, epulis fissuratum, ossifying fibroma, pyogenic granuloma and peripheral giant cell granuloma at Government Dental College and Hospital, Srinagar, Kashmir, India.
The lesions were classified into two groups; fibrous lesions (irritational fibroma, epulis fissuratum, ossifying fibroma, squamous papilloma) and soft hemorrhagic lesions (pyogenic granuloma, peripheral giant cell granuloma).