The mouth is crucial in many different everyday tasks, which is why it is so important to protect yourself against oral and maxillofacial pathology. Oral pathology is a term that encompasses any disease of the mouth, jaws, salivary glands, or other oral structures. While many types of oral pathology are benign and treatable, some diseases (such as oral cancer or severe infections) can have serious consequences if they are left untreated.
At Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, Dr. Rick Edwards, Dr. Carl Johnson, Dr. Ben Johnson, and Dr. Michael Johnson all have specialty training in the diagnosis and treatment of complex oral pathology. Because many oral diseases have no painful or uncomfortable symptoms at early stages, our surgeons recommend frequent oral examinations as the best way to prevent oral pathology from developing. If you or your dentist notices any changes or abnormalities in the shape, color, or texture of your mouth’s lining, contact our office to schedule an oral examination with one of our skilled oral surgeons.
Types of Oral Pathology
There are many different types of oral disease, but some more common pathologies include the following:
- Chronic ulcers
- Oral cysts and tumors
- Salivary gland diseases
- Oral fungal diseases (oral candidiasis, etc.)
- Herpes simplex virus
- Oral cancers
We provide treatment for the pathology of both the soft and hard tissues of the oral region.
Symptoms to Look For
We routinely perform oral examinations and biopsies on patients who are referred for the diagnosis and treatment of suspicious symptoms. If you notice any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing the beginnings of a pathologic process:
- Red or white patches of discoloration in the mouth
- Changes in the thickness of the mucosa (lining of the mouth)
- New lumps or structures forming
- Sores that will not heal
- Pain or swelling in the face or jaws
- A chronic sore throat or dryness in the throat
- Any sudden changes in the color, shape, or texture of your mouth or oral structures
If you believe you are suffering from an oral lesion, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Our oral surgeons are experts in the treatment of all sorts of pathological processes, including oral cancers and infections. Most oral pathology is treatable if caught early. For more severe conditions, such as oral cancer, our doctors can often repair or reconstruct portions of the face that have been affected. Contact one of our offices in Auburn, WA, Federal Way, WA, Renton, WA, or Maple Valley, WA, for more information or to schedule an appointment.