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Oral Pathology

Comprehensive Evaluation for Oral Cancer & Disease

It is crucial to schedule annual oral cancer screenings, as it can save your life. In some cases, oral cancer does not present noticeable symptoms and can affect many people without their knowledge.

The inside of the mouth is lined with a type of skin called mucosa that appears smooth and a coral pink color. Any changes in your mouth’s appearance should be evaluated by a dental health professional, like Drs. Seeger, Gleason, and Inverso, to rule out any possibility of oral cancer.

Contact Westwood Oral Surgery & Dental Implants if you notice any changes in your mouth or need an oral cancer screening. The earlier oral cancer or disease is detected and treated, the better.

Signs and Symptoms

While the majority of changes to the mouth are benign, it is smart to have an experienced dental health professional, like one of our board-certified oral surgeons, to evaluate the change. Please do not hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment if you notice any changes.

  • Red or white patches in the mouth
  • Sores that fail to heal and bleed easily
  • Lump or thickening
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
  • Jaw swelling
  • Numbness occurring in the mouth

Oral Pathology Treatment

Treatment for oral cancer or disease varies, depending on the type and severity of the pathological process. During your scheduled appointment, your oral surgeon will examine your head, neck, mouth, and face. 3D scans may be taken during your appointment to assess your facial bone and soft tissues and look for any hidden oral health concerns.

A biopsy, which is a minimally invasive procedure, may be performed. This process involves collecting a small tissue sample that will be sent to a lab for diagnostic testing. During the biopsy, local anesthesia will be used to numb the surgical area. The diagnosis will help determine if the pathological process is either cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign).

Treatments for benign growths include oral medications, creams, prescription mouth rinses, or a simple surgical procedure to remove the growth. Oral cancer can often be treated with medications, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and more.

Types of Anesthesia

At Westwood Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we offer several types of anesthesia and sedation options.

Have an Exceptional Patient Experience

Get exceptional oral surgery care from board-certified oral surgeons you can trust. Contact Westwood Oral Surgery & Dental Implants to schedule a consultation.