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 Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists, we know that finding out there is a problem in your mouth can be quite terrifying, but we not only 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 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.
What Kinds of Symptoms Exist?
Usually, the symptoms of an oral disease are all appearance based. For example, red or white patches in the mouth that develop over time can each be very telling and lead us to finding the proper diagnosis. The length of time it’s been there, size, and color all make a difference. We also look for sores. Those that do not heal no matter how long they have been there, are tender to the touch, or bleed easily can indicate a more significant problem.
Finding a lump in your mouth, like anywhere else in the body, can also mean trouble. It can also be the case if you notice a thickening in the skin or tissues in your mouth. That could mean something is attacking the fibers and tissues. Finally, if you have long-lasting symptoms of pain, such as a chronic throat ache or difficulty when it comes to chewing or swallowing your food, your nerves may be worn and sensitive from an attacker.
Types of Problems
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.
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.
Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists 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.