Oral Pathology

At our practice, our doctors are always examining patients for oral pathology, or cancerous growths in the mouth. While most people think they’ll never get cancer in the mouth – especially if they’ve never smoked, vaped, or used chewing tobacco – that’s simply not the case. Every year, over 50,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with oral pathology, and some of them are right here in our own backyard.
While some patients might be wondering what the signs of mouth cancer are, this is something a general dentist should be looking for at each routine visit. If they notice something unusual, they are likely to be referred to one of our surgeons.

What are the signs of oral cancer?

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 for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:
  • Reddish patches (erythroplasia) in the mouth.
  • 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 oral pathology, and curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, patients with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.

Do I Need an Oral Pathology Examination?

We all know that we’re supposed to go to the dentist every 6 months. But a lot can happen during that time period in between visits. We recommend performing regular self-examinations for oral pathology monthly and remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. That’s why our doctors recommend that patients perform regular self-checks for oral pathology so they can make an appointment with us as soon as they notice that something’s not quite right. If you are experiencing any of the above signs of oral pathology, it’s time that you head to our office immediately to see our doctors. Additionally, if you have any unexplained pain in your jaw, mouth or cheeks, it’s definitely a sign that you should come to us for an oral pathology examination. Remember, we’re here to help you, and there’s nothing wrong with coming with us just to be safe. In fact, it’s always ideal to err on the side of caution!

Treatment of Oral Pathology

If our doctors suspect you have mouth cancer, it’s important that you have oral surgery immediately to remove or biopsy the growth. After all, prompt diagnosis is important to help prevent the potential cancer from spreading. If the biopsy proves the tissue was cancerous, you’ll require regular visits to ensure that it doesn’t come back, and if it does, that we can act fast and remove future growths.
Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. If you see any suspicious lumps or sores in your mouth, don’t wait and take immediate action to address your oral health. Trust us; when it comes to oral pathology, it’s better to err on the side of caution.

Prepare for your oral pathology examination by reading up on our patients’ most frequently asked questions!

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