Knowing how your mouth normally looks and feels is important to your oral health. That way, any abnormalities can be addressed and treated quickly. Oral surgeons are experts when it comes to assessing any part of the oral and maxillofacial area in addition to performing biopsies and determining the right course of treatment.
A healthy lining of the mouth should be smooth and coral pink in color. If you notice any changes, including the cheeks, tongue, lips, palate, tonsils, and gums, call our office to schedule an appointment. We will see you as soon as we can.
Common reasons for an oral pathology include
- Tonsil stones
- Salivary gland diseases
- Herpes (cold sores)
- Canker sores
- Cysts and tumors
- Oral cancers
In some cases, a biopsy may be recommended to confirm a diagnosis. A biopsy is a small sample of the area in question to be examined under a microscope. Most of the time, a biopsy can be performed with just local anesthesia. The appropriate course of treatment will depend on the diagnosis.
Signs of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases
Most changes in the mouth are not serious, but they should be examined by an oral surgeon as soon as possible. If you are experiencing any abnormality, including any of the following, please call our office:
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Sores in the mouth that won’t heal/bleeds easily
- Red or white patches
- Sore or hoarse throat that won’t go away
It is important to remember that pain may not be present with these symptoms.
Oral Pathology Treatment in Mason City, IA
Any abnormality to the mouth should be examined by a trained professional. While most of these changes are not serious, it is a good idea to seek early identification and treatment. If you notice any changes to your mouth, please give our office a call. One of our experienced oral surgeons will perform a thorough evaluation and recommend your next steps for treatment.