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ORAL PATHOLOGY

The evaluation and treatment of the tissues and bones of the oral and facial structures from a range of normal to cancer are skills in the special area of oral pathology.  Often it is the General Dentist or Hygienist that notes a change or abnormal appearance of the tissues of the oral cavity and gingiva.  The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth, moist and coral pink in color.  Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process.  The most serious of these is oral cancer.  Evaluation of the tissues involve examination, photographs and frequently a biopsy for examination under a microscope. Radiographs may also be used for changes or abnormal signs.  The following can be signs of the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:

  1. Reddish  or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
  2. A sore  or ulceration that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  3. A lump or thickening on the mucosa or underlying structures  inside of the mouth
  4. A change in contour or painful condition of the jaws
  5. Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  6. Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

Early evaluation and treatment are the most important recommendations for any suspected pathologic condition. 

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