Part of good oral health is knowing how your mouth typically looks and feels so that any changes can be discussed with your oral surgeon right away. A self-examination of your gums, cheeks, neck, tonsils, tongue, or palate should be a regular part of your oral health routine.
While most changes that occur within the mouth are not harmful, it is a good idea for an experienced professional to take a look to make sure it is not something more serious. Oral pathology identifies and treats these abnormalities.
Signs of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases
If you notice any of the following in and around your mouth, please contact our office. We will do everything we can to schedule you for a timely appointment.
- Patches in the mouth that are white or red
- Hard time chewing or swallowing
- A sore throat that does not go away
- Lump or thickening of the gum tissue
- Rasping throat
- Sores that bleed easily or fail to heal
These symptoms are not necessarily painful. Any changes, including any not listed above, should be checked out by an experienced dental health professional as soon as possible.
When you come to our office, your oral surgeon will review your medical history and carefully examine the area of concern and complete a thorough oral evaluation. They may take a sample of the lesion, called a biopsy, to send to the pathologist. A treatment plan will be created depending on the findings from the pathologist.
Oral Surgery Services treats several oral conditions and diseases, including
- Cysts and tumors
- Sores that fail to heal
- Bisphosphonate-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (BRONJ)
- Red and white lesions of the mouth (leukoplakia and erythroplakia)
- Skin cancer or melanoma
Oral Pathology at Oral Surgery Services
Staying on top of your oral health is important, including knowing how your mouth normally looks and feels. Early identification and prompt treatment of any abnormality improve the chances of successful treatment. If you have noticed any changes in and around your mouth, please contact our office in Metairie, LA, or Gretna, LA, as soon as possible. Our oral surgeons will provide a thorough oral examination and recommendations for further treatment.