Normal tissue inside the mouth should feel smooth, with a coral pink color. While most changes in and around the mouth tend to be benign (harmless), any change should be evaluated by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to rule out a more serious condition.
Drs. Boynton and McMahon recommend an oral self-exam once a month to understand how your mouth typically looks and feels. This will help when and if any changes occur and to seek treatment promptly. Most oral pathologies are easily treated when they are caught early.
If an oral pathology is suspected, a biopsy may be taken for further examination and diagnosis. In general, a biopsy is a minor procedure that involves your oral surgeon taking a small tissue sample of the affected area. The tissue sample is then sent to a lab for diagnosis from a pathologist, who will share their findings with Dr. Boynton or Dr. McMahon. Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, your oral surgeon can recommend the appropriate treatment plan.
Signs and Symptoms of Oral Pathologies
Although most oral pathologies are not serious, it is important to have an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon evaluate the area in question so that more serious diseases and conditions, such as oral cancer, can be ruled out.
The signs and symptoms of an oral pathology are different for each patient, but there are common changes that can occur in and around the mouth and require an oral and maxillofacial surgeon:
- Red or white patches
- Bleeding sore
- Sore that fails to heal
- Any lump or irregularity
- Chronic sore throat and/or persistent hoarseness
It is important to note that many oral pathologies do not necessarily have associated pain, such as oral cancer.
If there are any other changes to your mouth that are irregular, even if they are not listed above, we encourage you to call our office and schedule an appointment. Dr. Boynton or Dr. McMahon will provide a complete oral evaluation and work with you to provide the optimal treatment plan.
At Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we care about your oral health. Most changes that occur within the mouth should be looked at by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to rule out a more serious condition. If you have noticed any changes to your mouth, please contact us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.