Oral pathology refers to disease of the mouth, jaw, salivary glands, or the skin around the mouth.
One of the most common areas for disease to appear is in the mucosa, the lining of your mouth.
If you notice a change in the appearance of the mucosa or any other structures, such as the tongue or tonsils, this may be a sign of disease.
As with any illness, the best outcome for oral disease is when it’s found and treated at the earliest possible stage. Don’t let fear of a negative diagnosis prevent you from getting a checkup at the first sign of problems.
What Are the Symptoms of Mouth Disease?
If you experience any of the following symptoms on your lips, cheeks, palate, or gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, or neck, contact us for an examination:
- Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
- Swelling of the jaw or the tissue around the jaw
You may experience pain in these areas, however, pain does not always occur, making it important to regularly monitor your oral health.
Your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems – regular exams allows your dental professional to detect changes that signal the start of a disease process in the mouth or body.
Some common examples of an oral pathological process include:
- Salivary gland disease
- Oral ulceration
- Oral cancer
- Autoimmune disease
- Herpes simplex virus
- Pyogenic granuloma
Personalized Treatment Plans
Please schedule a consultation with our office if you are experiencing symptoms or pain.
Dr. Green will examine your mouth and the surrounding areas thoroughly to detect the presence of disease or infection. If needed, he will take a biopsy of any oral lesions to determine what it is and how to treat it.
If problems are found, he will develop a personalized treatment plan to restore your oral health. If he suspects a disease process in the body, Dr. Green will work with your doctor to make sure your medical needs are addressed.
At North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our staff maintains a state-of-the-art oral surgical facility where patients can feel relaxed in a safe and comfortable environment. Call us at (817) 237-7557 for an appointment.
All consultations are available in Spanish.