The diagnosis of diseases and conditions of the mouth, salivary glands, or jaws is collectively referred to as oral pathology. Oral pathologies can appear at any time and, depending on the condition, present with varying symptoms.
Normally, the inside of the mouth should appear smooth and pink in color. This special type of skin is called the mucosa, and any changes to how it looks or feels could indicate a pathological process. Luckily, many oral pathologies are benign and are easily treated, especially when caught early. It is a good idea to start a routine oral self-examination once a month, so you become familiar with how your mouth looks and feels. Oral pathologies can range in severity, from a simple canker sore to more serious entities such as oral cancer. If you experience any changes to your mouth, salivary glands, or jaws, we encourage you to seek an evaluation by an experienced dental health professional, like an oral surgeon. They will be able to rule out more serious conditions, such as oral cancer, and can recommend the next steps for treatment to get your oral health back on track.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts when it comes to diagnosis and treating an oral pathology. Common oral pathologies include
A small tissue sample, called a biopsy, may be taken for further examination and diagnosis. The tissue sample will be taken to a lab and analyzed by a pathologist, who will share their findings with your oral surgeon. Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, your oral surgeon will recommend the next steps for treatment.
A biopsy can be performed at our practice using local anesthesia in addition to IV sedation. Your oral surgeon will discuss the biopsy procedure, including your options for anesthesia, during your appointment.
Any irregularity of the mouth, salivary glands, or jaws should be examined by a dental health professional as soon as possible. Please call our office if you notice any of the following symptoms
While many oral pathologies are harmless, keep in mind that pain is not always a symptom of a pathological process, including oral cancer. Please contact Stephenville Oral Surgery for an appointment with Dr. McPhillips if you notice any of the above symptoms or have an area of concern you need to have evaluated.
Any changes to your mouth should be examined by an oral surgeon as soon as possible. While most oral pathologies are not serious, early diagnosis and treatment are important. Please contact Stephenville Oral Surgery if you notice any irregularity to your mouth, salivary glands, or jaws. We will see you as soon as possible and determine the next steps to restore your oral health.