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Oral Pathology

Detect, Diagnose, and Treat Oral Diseases

The mucosa, more commonly known as the inside lining of the mouth, is smooth and pink in color when healthy. Many people don’t realize the importance of monitoring the texture and color of this lining because it’s often the first area to show symptoms of an oral pathology. The term oral pathology encompasses any infection or disease in the mouth and jaws. Most commonly, oral pathologies are benign, which means they are non-cancerous. It’s still important to visit an oral surgeon, however, if you notice symptoms of a condition spreading or worsening.

Symptoms of an Oral Pathology

With how much and how often we use our mouths, they are in constant contact with bacteria, which makes them very susceptible to infection and other diseases. You can stay on top of your oral health by attending regular checkups with your dentist, who can identify any developing conditions should they arise. Additionally, you should monitor your own health at home by keeping an eye out for suspicious warning signs, including:

  • Bleeding sores that don’t get better
  • White or red patches on the cheeks, tongue, or gums
  • Swelling that does not decrease or disappear
  • Change in the texture, color, or shape of the mucosa
  • Lumps on the neck or in the mouth

Early Detection is Key

Most oral diseases are easy to treat and non-cancerous. However, many pathologies do not cause uncomfortable symptoms or pain in the early stages, so it’s important to look for changes in your mouth since you may not always feel the presence of a pathology. Monthly exams are a great idea. Simply examine your mouth in a mirror and be sure to look under the tongue and around the teeth. If you notice any abnormalities, contact us for an appointment.

During your first visit, we will examine your mouth and perform a biopsy, if needed. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art 3D CBCT scanning technology, and we offer many anesthesia and sedation options for your comfort. Our doctors are specially trained to identify the signs of oral pathology, and we will determine the right course of action for your specific condition.

If you suspect an oral pathology is developing in your mouth or have noticed any symptoms, contact one of our office locations in Springfield, Decatur, Jacksonville, or Litchfield, IL.

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