Oral Pathology

The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign of a pathologic process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs of the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:

  • Reddish patches (erythroplakia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology, and curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.

Our office would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly. Remember, your mouth is one of your body's most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact our office if a suspicious area does not resolve itself.

 

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Below are documents to help you before your visit and after.

Surgical instructions

Anesthesia
Medicines to avoid prior to surgery
Facial (Fraxel) laser surgery
Oral and Maxillofacial surgery

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