White thing on tongue.

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I noticed this white thing on my tongue few months ago. I don't remember how it formed. I have chronic pain in jaw and have had several dental work for that.
Didn't check the tongue and suddenly spotted it one day.
It's the same size since then and no changes in size. Hurts if I touch or rub it.
It's not falling off and I didn't apply anything on it yet. Attached the pictures.

I don't know if this issue is dental origin or ENT. Posted in oral surgeon sub forum too. Sorry about that.
Do I need to see an ENT?

What does this thing look like?
 

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Looks like squamous papilloma arising from HPV - see here. Biopsy to confirm and remove. :confused:
Thanks Dr. Whom should I see for this? An ENT? Or dentist?

I never had biopsy before? Do they remove this to do the biopsy?

I read the link and sounds scary. Is this like cancerous growth? I left it like this for almost an year now.

I moved to new city and have to find a new dentist office. It does take time for appointments. Is this need to be removed ASAP? Should I go to the ER?
 

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Not urgent, it's benign. An ENT or oral surgeon would be best. Once you have the virus, it's too late to get the vaccine. In 90% of cases HPV goes away on its own within two years without health problems.
 

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Not urgent, it's benign. An ENT or oral surgeon would be best. Once you have the virus, it's too late to get the vaccine. In 90% of cases HPV goes away on its own within two years without health problems.
Thanks for the response sir.
Does this growth goes away on its own in 2 years ?

I did see my GP yesterday for this. I asked him what that is and what to do about it. I was surprised to hear his answers. He said he don't know what that is and he googled on his computer and took a picture of my tongue on his phone. And googled about it.
He said he don't know what that is and never seen before.
Then I asked if it's herpes or anything like that ? Because i don't want to show up like I knew the answers before he told me.

So I asked later if it's herpes and then he googled herpes tongue and showed me the pictures from his computer. He said mine doesn't look like those google images and said I can leave it as it is if I want or see someone if I want to.
 

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Doctors don't see mouth lesions often and have very limited knowledge (no slur intended). You will only know for sure if it is biopsied. Please arrange it and let us all know the results.
 

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Doctors don't see mouth lesions often and have very limited knowledge (no slur intended). You will only know for sure if it is biopsied. Please arrange it and let us all know the results.
Ok Dr. do I need to see a dentist or an oral surgeon. I am in the US. I don't know if I need to start with a dentist first.
 

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Doctors don't see mouth lesions often and have very limited knowledge (no slur intended). You will only know for sure if it is biopsied. Please arrange it and let us all know the results.
Sure sir. Thanks Dr Matt. @MattKW
I will see my dentist. I hope dentist will do a biopsy for me. My GP said I might try to contact an ENT too.
 

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