Oral Pathology and Maxillofacial Surgery
The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin known as mucosa. It is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process, the most serious of which being oral cancer. It’s important to see an oral surgery expert to make sure your oral health is in check.
The following could be signs of a pathological process or cancerous growth:
Reddish patches or whitish patches in the mouth
A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
A lump or thickening on the skin lining inside the mouth
Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
There are a number of factors that may contribute to the development of oral cancer, the most common being the use of tobacco and alcohol. Others include poor oral hygiene, irritation caused by ill-fitting dentures and rough surfaces on teeth, poor nutrition, some chronic infections and combinations of these factors.
It is important to visit with your dentist and oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Henry if you detect any of these signs. If he agrees that something looks suspicious, a biopsy may be recommended. Early treatment may well be the key to early recovery. If you are interested in our oral pathology services and the maxillofacial surgery Lincoln NE trusts, please contact us today.