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Oral pathology is the diagnosis of oral diseases and infections that occur in the mouth, jaws, and salivary glands. Most oral pathological processes are benign (non-cancerous), but there are certain diseases, such as cancer and severe infections, that require urgent treatment to prevent serious consequences. Many oral pathologies do not present with symptoms of pain or discomfort in early stages, which makes them hard for the average patient to detect.
The best way to prevent oral pathologies from developing is to visit your dentist regularly. If you notice any significant changes in the texture, shape, or color of your mouth’s lining, or if your dentist identifies any pathology, please contact our office immediately. Our doctors are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of oral pathologies and are happy to meet with you.
Oral Pathology Symptoms
Maintaining proper oral hygiene habits helps prevent oral infections and allows your teeth to remain in good health. However, it’s still important to visit your dentist regularly and to periodically inspect the inside of your mouth and underneath the tongue using a mirror. If you notice any of the below symptoms, you may have discovered the beginning of a pathological process:
- Sores inside the mouth that bleed and do not heal
- Reddish or whitish patches that develop inside the cheeks, lining of the mouth, or on the surface of the tongue
- Increased swelling that doesn’t go away
- Thickening of the mucosa (lining of the mouth)
- Lumps forming on the neck or inside the mouth
- A change in the shape, texture, or color of your mouth’s lining
If any of these symptoms are present, please contact our office in Dallas, TX, immediately to set up a consultation and biopsy appointment.
Types of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
The mouth is vital in many everyday tasks, which makes it incredibly susceptible to germs and bacteria. Many types of oral pathologies can develop as a result; some of the most common pathologies include
- Chronic ulcers
- Oral cysts and tumors
- Salivary gland diseases
- Oral fungal infections (oral candidiasis, etc.)
- Herpes simplex virus
- Oral cancers
Our doctors are experts in the treatment of all oral and facial conditions, including pathologies in the soft and hard tissues.
Oral Pathology Treatment in Dallas, TX
When oral pathologies are detected sooner rather than later, they are almost always treatable. Drs. Phillips and Ray have extensive training in screening for and treating all types of pathologies. In cases where the pathology is cancerous or has advanced to cause significant damage, our doctors can perform reconstructive surgery and help restore your appearance and function. Contact our team in Dallas, TX, to hear more about your options for oral pathology treatment.