Oral pathologies can occur in the mouth, salivary glands, or jaws, and though not all pathologies cause symptoms, we recommend being mindful of any changes in your mouth. If you notice a change in the color or texture of the mucosa (the skin on the inside of the mouth), it could be a warning sign that you are developing an oral pathology, and you should seek an evaluation by an oral surgeon so that you can be diagnosed and treated promptly. Like all oral surgeons, Drs. Baker and Jepsen are trained and skilled at diagnosing and treating oral pathologies.
If your oral surgeon suspects that you have an oral pathology, he may perform a biopsy. An oral biopsy is a small sample of oral tissue that your oral surgeon removes, typically using local anesthesia to numb the area. This tissue is then sent to a lab for a diagnosis. Once there’s a diagnosis, your oral surgeon will recommend a treatment plan to get your mouth back to health.
Signs and Symptoms of Oral Pathologies
If you notice any of the following in your mouth, please contact Oral Surgery Specialists of Idaho to schedule a pathology screening with our oral surgeons so that we can help you get your oral health back in shape:
- Red or white patches in the mouth
- A sore that fails to heal and/or bleeds easily
- A lump or irregularity on any part of the mucosa
- A chronic sore throat or hoarseness and/or difficulty in chewing or swallowing
Oral pathologies can range from a simple canker sore to a more serious issue, such as oral cancer. Don’t worry — most changes in the oral cavity will not be serious, but changes should always be examined by your oral surgeon.
Oral Pathology Treatment in in Pocatello, Blackfoot, and Preston
If you find anything that seems abnormal in your mouth, we recommend you schedule an oral pathology screening with our trusted oral surgeons. Your health and well-being are our priority, and we will make every effort to see you in our practice as soon as possible.