The lining of the inside of the mouth is also the mucosa. When it is healthy, it is smooth and coral pink in color. Any changes in the appearance of the mucosa should not be ignored. When oral pathologies/diseases are caught early they are much more easily treated by your oral surgeon, so it’s important to keep tabs on the condition of your mouth. We recommend performing an oral self-examination monthly. Oral diseases range from canker sores to more serious issues such as oral cancer.
If you notice any of the following changes on or in your mouth, call our office right away for an examination.
- Reddish or whiteish patches in the mouth
- A sore that is not healing or bleeds easily
- Lumps or bumps on the lining of the mouth
- Chronic sore throat
- Difficulty with chewing or swallowing normally
Pain does not always occur with a pathological process, so if you notice anything suspicious we recommend you see your oral surgeon as soon as possible. The doctors at Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Specialists of Iowa are specialists in diagnosing and treating oral pathologies. If your oral surgeon suspects that you are suffering from an oral pathology, you may have a biopsy during your examination. A biopsy is a small sample of tissue that is removed and sent to a pathologist’s lab to confirm a diagnosis. A biopsy procedure typically only requires local anesthesia and can be done during a regular appointment. The course of treatment will be determined by your oral surgeon based on the pathologist’s findings.
Oral Pathology in Hiawatha, IA
Most changes in your mucosa and oral cavity will not be serious ones, but any unusual changes should be examined by your oral surgeon. Early identification and treatment of pathologies are important. Your overall health is our priority, so please contact our practice right away if you suspect an oral pathology. We will make every effort to see you in the practice for an evaluation of the area in question as soon as possible.