Oral Pathology

Our compassionate team and highly skilled oral surgery specialists want you to have a healthy smile. Identifying and treating diseases of the mouth, face, and neck is our specialty, and we’re committed to giving you the best care using the most advanced technology and treatments available.

Our extensively trained oral surgery specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating oral pathology due to trauma, oral cancer, or other diseases.

Signs of Oral Pathology

Oral cancer can develop anywhere in the lips or mouth, and the best prevention is to avoid or quit tobacco and alcohol use. Good oral hygiene also reduces the risk of oral cancer and helps you smile with confidence.

Knowing the signs of oral cancer is your best line of defense when it comes to early diagnosis and treatment. If you notice these any of these changes on your lips, tongue, palate, gums, or cheeks, call our oral surgery office to schedule an exam:

  • Thickening of the skin
  • Red or white patches or lesions
  • Bumps or lumps
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Chronic sore throat or jaw
  • Bleeding
  • Earache
  • Speech difficulties

It’s important to know that areas of oral pathology may not be painful in the early stages.

In addition to oral cancer, we also diagnose and treat trauma and lesions on the mouth, lips, cheeks, tongue, or other areas of the face or neck.

How We Diagnose Oral Cancer

Routine screenings in our oral surgery office are one of the best ways to detect early signs of oral cancer. If we suspect oral cancer, we’ll take a sample or biopsy of the tissue and send it to our oral pathology lab for analysis. We may also take a blood sample and perform a physical or dental exam.

If your biopsy is positive for oral cancer, we may perform further imaging, such as x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. Our oral surgery specialists will ensure that you have all the information you need to make educated decisions about your health. We will work with other providers on your healthcare team to give you the best treatment possible.

Treating Oral Cancer and Other Diseases

No one ever wants a diagnosis of cancer, but oral cancer is highly treatable when caught early. The type of treatment depends on the stage of the disease, its location, and the type, but may include surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, medications, and pain management.

Our oral surgery specialists also diagnose and treat problems due to trauma, as well as diseases of the throat and mouth, such as infections, abnormal growths, and chronic inflammation. Paying close attention to your mouth’s health and warning signals is the best defense against oral cancer and other oral pathologies.

If you’re concerned with changes in your mouth or have an injury to your mouth, face, or jaw, call our practice to schedule an oral cancer screening or trauma appointment with one of our oral surgery specialists.