Pathology is the scientific study of disease and its causes, so oral pathology applies this to the mouth. The lining of the mouth is normally smooth and coral pink in color. Any abnormalities, such as dry patches, pain, cysts, or swelling could indicate a pathology present in your mouth or, in some cases, oral cancer. If pathology is expected, your oral surgeon will perform a biopsy to better understand the issue and establish a care plan that is right for you.
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It’s important to keep tabs on the condition of your mouth, including the skin on the inside of the mouth called the mucosa. The mucosa should be smooth and coral pink in color. Any change in the appearance of the mucosa could be a warning sign for an oral pathology in your mouth, salivary glands, or jaws. When oral pathologies are caught early they are more easily treated, so we recommend performing an oral self-examination monthly. It is important to remember that pain does not always occur with pathology, particularly in the case of cancer. Most oral pathologies are benign, but it is important to get proper evaluation and treatment of any abnormality or lesion. If you notice anything irregular, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is the most qualified specialist to take care of you.
If an oral pathology is suspected, your oral surgeon might perform a biopsy. Oral biopsies are small samples of tissue that are removed and sent to a lab to confirm a diagnosis. When your doctor has your diagnosis in hand, he will recommend the optimal next steps to take. Dr. Koshgerian or Dr. Shelton will discuss their recommendations with you in detail and will personalize a treatment plan to get your oral health back on track.
If you notice any of the following abnormalities in your mouth, please contact The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego for a pathology screening:
Oral diseases range from simple canker sores to more serious issues, such as oral cancer. Most changes in your oral cavity will not be serious, but any unusual changes should be examined by your oral surgeon.
Drs. Koshgerian and Shelton are trained in the identification and treatment of oral pathologies and are available to screen you for an oral pathology and take a biopsy of the suspected area. Your health is important us, so please contact The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego as soon as possible if you suspect an oral pathology. We will make every effort to see you in our practice as soon as possible.