Oral pathology consults are offered in every Michigan Oral Surgeons practice location including Ann Arbor, Plymouth, Adrian, and Dexter, MI.
We use our mouths for a variety of everyday tasks, such as breathing, chewing, and speaking. Therefore, our mouths have an increased risk for infections and disorders. Oral pathology refers to any disease that can develop inside the mouth, salivary glands, or jaws. While many oral pathologies are benign (non-cancerous), it is always best to obtain early evaluation and proper treatment of any oral irregularities. Preemptive treatment may help you avoid severe complications or the need for an extensive surgical procedure.
One of the most common areas that will show signs of a potential problem is the smooth, coral pink-colored lining of the mouth called mucosa. If you notice an irregularity in the appearance of your mouth’s lining or structures, such as the tongue or tonsils, this may be a sign of a pathological process.
Some common examples of oral pathological processes include
- Mucoceles (lower lip swellings)
- Lichen Planus (autoimmune disease)
- Chronic ulcers
- Oral cancer
- Aphthous ulcers (canker sores)
- Herpes Labialis (fever blisters)
- Cysts and tumors in the jaw bones
- Salivary gland disease
Symptoms that may be indications of oral pathology include
- Reddish patches (erythroplakia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
- A chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily or is painful
- A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
It is important to remember that the absence of pain does not mean that a problem does not exist; not all of these symptoms are painful. Your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems, which is why we recommend performing an oral self-examination monthly. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. If you experience any of the above symptoms on your lips, palate, cheeks, or gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face and/or neck, you should contact Michigan Oral Surgeons immediately.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts in the evaluation and treatment of oral pathology. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Fear, Dr. Lopez, Dr. Fasi, or Dr. Sanker if you suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of oral pathology. They will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and its surrounding areas to detect the presence of infection or disease and develop a personalized treatment plan to restore your oral health.