Oral Pathology & Oral Cancer Screening
Your mouth is made up of a significant amount of delicate soft tissues. When those soft tissues – your gums, tongue, and cheeks – are healthy, they are smooth, and pink in color. However, sometimes, there are changes in these tissues. Any changes in your mouth should not be ignored. Rockwall Oral Surgery are experts in oral pathology. We can diagnose your oral abnormality, and then provide you with the best treatment plan possible.
What Is Oral Pathology?
Oral pathology is a dental specialty that involves not only finding disease in and around your mouth but also treating it and any resulting damage. We look for anything from lumps and bumps to off colors and also strange substances growing on the in the throat or on the tongue and teeth. These can all be indicators of a disease, or worst case scenario, cancer.
Why see an Oral Surgeon for Cancer Screening and Oral Pathology?
As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, oral pathology is a field that we have a particular expertise in. While every dentist knows enough to identify it, surgeons know just a little bit more, as we often have to undertake the responsibility of removing whatever the problem is. Here at Rockwall Oral Surgery, we know that finding out there is a problem in your mouth can be quite terrifying. Not only do we have the knowledge and experience that allows us to identify it sooner rather than later, but we are also able to take more steps in repairing the problem or reversing the damage.
What are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer or Pathological Issues?
What are the Types of Pathological Diseases?
There are several different types of oral pathological diseases:
How are Oral Pathological Issues Diagnosed?
When it comes to diagnosing anything amiss in your mouth, Rockwall Oral Surgery is the team you want by your side.
We conduct a thorough examination of your mouth. Along with visual inspection, we may also employ the use of X-rays and other scans. In many cases, we also perform a soft tissue biopsy, which provides us with a sample of the lesion in your mouth so that we can examine it under a microscope. Biopsies are often the diagnostic tool of choice when it comes to oral cancer.
Infections and issues in the mouth fall into categories of hereditary, viral, or bacterial. These issues can start at different times in different people for different reasons. This is one thing that is 100% unique to the individual patient.
Treatment for Pathological Diseases
If you are diagnosed with a pathological disease, we have the experience and expertise to help treat it. For the most part (except oral cancer), pathological diseases are not life-threatening. However, we will still do everything we can to restore the health of your mouth. Treatment for pathological diseases may include:
Ready to Schedule Your Oral Pathology Exam?
While a regular oral exam can help to spot oddities in your mouth, these abnormalities can occur at any time. Don’t risk your oral, and overall, health by waiting until your next scheduled cleaning and exam. Call Rockwall Oral Surgery today to schedule your consultation. There is a wide range of treatment options, from a deep cleaning to a prescription based hydrogen peroxide mouthwash, to, in severe cases, surgery. If you have mouth cancer, radiation or chemotherapy may also be necessary.
Rockwall Oral Surgery is dedicated to finding any problems that may develop quickly so that we can nip them in the bud. We also take measures to prevent the development of any disease. This makes it incredibly important that you keep up with your six-month check-up examinations! If you have already developed a problem, we can help you find a way to treat it and to ensure that bothers you for as little time as possible, or not at all. We care about our patients. Give us a call today to see what we can do for you.