Prestige Oral Surgery Shares Information on Oral Cancer Exams and Biopsies
Pathology, in general, is the study of disease. An oral pathologist is an expert of diseases and pain disorders affecting the oral and facial region. Sometimes an oral pathology case involves oral cancer. There are many symptoms of cancer that you should be aware of that can only be detected by an oral surgeon. Occasionally, lumps or sores can form inside the mouth, which may be a sign of a pathologic process, or cancerous growth. The most serious of these is oral cancer, which can be detected.
What Are Some Symptoms Of Oral Cancer Or Other Abnormalities?
Common symptoms of oral cancer and other abnormalities may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- A lump or thickening on the gum lining
- Red or white patches in the oral cavity
- Difficulty swallowing or chewing
- Sores that bleed easily or heal slowly
- Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
- A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
How Do I Get Diagnosed?
All abnormal lesions or findings which are present for more than two weeks should be evaluated by an Oral Surgeon and biopsied if indicated and necessary.
What Is A Biopsy?
A biopsy involves removing a small portion of the suspicious tissue and sending it to an oral pathologist for examination under a microscope for an evaluation and diagnosis. It is a small procedure that is done in the office and laboratory results come back in a few weeks.
Should you discover something unusual in your mouth, make an appointment for a prompt examination. Early treatment may well be the key to complete recovery.
Dr. Mohammed Erakat can evaluate your case and create a treatment plan if needed. Call Prestige Oral Surgery today at 609-616-3004 to arrange a consultation.