• Dr. Andrew Skigen

Signs of Oral and Maxillofacial Disease

Although most oral pathologies are benign, which means not harmful, oral cancer is the most severe pathological disease. Any changes within the mouth can indicate a pathological process.

If you notice any of the following changes to your cheeks, lips, neck, tongue, palate, or gums, please contact our office for further examination:

  • White and red patches in the mouth

  • Lump or thickening of the gum tissue

  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing

  • A persistent sore throat

  • Rasping throat

  • Sores inside the mouth that bleed easily or fail to heal

Pain is not necessarily experienced with these symptoms. If you have noticed any changes, please contact our office so that we can see you as soon as possible.

During your appointment, your oral surgeon will evaluate the area of concern and review your medical history. A biopsy may be taken of the lesion. Most of the time, a biopsy is a quick procedure that allows your oral surgeon to gather a sample of the lesion to send to a pathologist for further diagnosis. Local anesthesia is often used during a biopsy procedure. The findings from the pathologist will determine how your oral surgeon will proceed with treatment.

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