Oral pathology is the process of determining if a lesion, ulcer, or abnormality in your mouth is cancerous, linked to a preventable bacterial disease, or simply a benign pathology. Although many times Dr. Jessen and his team will be able to quickly determine whether or not your oral pathology is anything to worry about, occasionally you may need to have a more thorough examination. Dr. Jessen may determine that your oral pathology is problematic and in order to make sure that you receive the care you need your pathology may need to be tested to determine exactly what the problem is.
The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathological process or cancerous growth:
- Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
- A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness and/or difficulty in chewing or swallowing
These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology, and curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.
We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly. Remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us so we can assist you with any questions or concerns.
Jessen Oral Surgery is committed to doing everything we can to make sure that you receive correct and timely treatment for any oral conditions you may develop. Part of that commitment means helping you to maintain a healthy oral environment by preventing future conditions and ensuring that you are fully informed of any warning signs developing in your mouth. You can request a full oral pathology examination at any time you would like.
Dr. Jessen has extensive experience treating oral pathology, and so you can be sure that as unpleasant as a pathology can be you will receive compassionate and professional care to get you back to full health. If you are concerned about a lesion, sore spot, or ulcer in your mouth, please contact us so we can assist you with any questions or concerns.
Dr. Jessen biopsied a small “sore” in my mouth by my gums and cheek. The surgery was fast, and he explained the whole process to me. After the surgery he sent the tissue over to a pathologist. When the results came in, Dr. Jessen met with me to discuss the findings. I will be forever grateful for his care and professionalism and follow through with my continued care and long-term treatment.