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Oral Pathology

Detecting and Treating Oral Disease

Oral pathology encompasses diseases and cancers occurring within the oral and maxillofacial region. Oral surgeons possess the expertise to recognize oral abnormalities, conduct diagnoses, and administer appropriate treatments. Consistent dental check-ups are essential, as your dentist conducts assessments for abnormalities and may refer you to an oral surgeon for treatment. Timely identification and intervention are critical for the best possible results. While uncommon, the presence of an anomaly could potentially signal the onset of oral cancer, underscoring the importance of swift action.

What is Oral Disease?

Oral diseases encompass a wide spectrum, ranging from infections to oral cancer. Our skilled oral surgeons possess the expertise to diagnose and treat a diverse array of conditions. During your initial appointment, we conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health to identify any abnormalities and establish a diagnosis. Some of the most prevalent oral infections and diseases include:

  • Gum disease, with the CDC reporting that nearly half of adults aged 30 and over are affected by periodontal disease.
  • Infectious diseases like herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1).
  • Oral cancers, which can impact the gums, tongue, tonsils, or the upper throat.
  • Candidiasis (thrush), recognized as the most common fungal infection by the CDC.
  • Salivary gland disorders.

Indications and Warning Signs

Numerous oral and facial pathologies can remain asymptomatic or painless during their early stages. If you or your dentist observe any of the subsequent signs, it is advisable to seek a second opinion from an oral surgeon for potential evaluation and treatment:

  • Persistent sores that either bleed or do not heal spontaneously.
  • Presence of white or reddish patches on the mouth’s lining or tongue.
  • Development of thickened areas or structures within the mouth’s lining.
  • Sustained soreness or persistent hoarseness in the throat.
  • An extended earache that surpasses the usual duration.
  • Unexplained pain occurring in or around the mouth.
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