What Is Oral Pathology?
Oral pathology refers to diagnosing and treating diseases of the oral cavity. When a family dentist performs a comprehensive oral examination during a routine cleaning appointment, they check for unusual lesions and any possible signs of cancer. If your dentist finds anything in your mouth that does not appear normal, they may ask an oral surgeon to perform a biopsy to determine what that lesion is.
Oral cancer, like all types of cancer, is most treatable when detected at early stages. Patients who detect any of these symptoms should see a dentist or an oral surgeon as soon as possible for an evaluation:
- Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
- Lumps or thickened tissue on the skin inside the mouth
- Chronic hoarseness and sore throat
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
- Sores in the mouth that do not heal and bleed easily
Other non-cancerous conditions can cause sores and lesions inside the mouth. These conditions include non-cancerous (benign) tumors, oral herpes, thrush, cold sores, HPV infection, and warts.
Benefits of Oral Pathology
- Diagnoses and Treats Diseases of the Mouth - The mouth is an important indicator of a patient's overall health. An oral surgeon receives extensive training in diagnosing diseases of the gums, jaw, bones, tongue, and other oral structures.
- Early Detection and Removal - Dentists and oral surgeons can detect signs of oral cancer and other abnormalities at early stages when treatment is most effective.
- Biopsies -Dr. Albadawi takes a small tissue sample from the problem area and refers it to a pathology lab for further study. A biopsy is a quick procedure that leads to a diagnosis.
- Removal of Benign Tumors and Lesions - If he determines that the lesion is benign (non-cancerous), Dr. Albadawi can safely remove it in the office under local anesthesia.
Why Choose Davis Oral Surgery and Implant Center?
We provide expert care with help from high-tech equipment and advanced techniques. Our valued patients can feel at ease in our comfortable, friendly office environment. We believe in treating every patient like a family member.
Frequently Asked Questions About Oral Pathology
Call Davis Oral Surgery & Implant Center
If a family dentist has expressed concerns about a possible lesion in your mouth, it is best to call an oral surgeon as soon as possible for an evaluation and biopsy. We can help protect our patients’ oral and overall health. Please call our office at530-297-7000 for a prompt appointment.