The mouth is necessary for many different functions, such as eating, drinking, speaking, and breathing, and this versatility in use exposes your mouth to higher risks of infection and other problems. Additionally, the mouth can show symptoms that reflect conditions developing in the rest of the body.
Oral pathology refers to any diseases or pathological processes of the oral and facial region and is a common reason patients seek oral surgery services. When dental professionals find irregularities in the lining or shape of your mouth, they may send you to an oral surgeon for a biopsy or second opinion because oral surgeons are experts at identifying and treating diseases of the mouth, jaw, and face. At Oral Surgery Specialists of Oklahoma, Dr. Robert Bryan and Dr. Jeremy Goodson have years of experience evaluating and treating infections, diseases, cancers, and other oral conditions.
Symptoms of Oral Pathology
Some oral pathologies are easily identifiable, and patients should be aware of the signs of a problem. Below are some examples of common oral diseases that oral and maxillofacial surgeons can diagnose, evaluate, and treat:
- Burning mouth syndrome
- Canker sores or cold sores
- Geographic tongue
- Tumors of the oral and facial soft tissues
- Oral cancer
- Viral, bacterial, and fungal infections
- Salivary gland disorders
Oral diseases can act as warning signals to other parts of the body. Not all symptoms of oral pathology conditions are visible to the human eye, making it critical to seek treatment when abnormalities of the mouth arise. In additional to an oral examination, a biopsy is one way for oral surgeons to assess the problem and form a treatment plan that restores oral health. Drs. Bryan and Goodson can prescribe medicines to control infections or pain associated with oral diseases. In cases of oral cancer, our surgeons can use advanced treatments to remove cancer and reconstruct facial structures affected by the pathology.
Prevention and Awareness
Most oral diseases are benign and easy to treat, but the key to successful treatment is catching these processes in their early stages. Many pathological processes do not have any painful or uncomfortable symptoms at early stages, so it is important to look for any changes in the color, texture, or shape of the mucosa (the coral pink lining of your mouth).
Staying aware and performing monthly self-exams by looking all around the mouth (including under the tongue and around the teeth) is a great way to look out for changes and catch pathological processes early. Regular dental visits are another important step in preventing the spread of oral pathology.
Oral Pathology Diagnosis and Treatment in Oklahoma City, OK
Drs. Bryan and Goodson are experts in identifying and treating all sorts of oral conditions. Whether you need a biopsy or a reconstructive procedure, our team will work with you to form the most effective treatment plan possible. Contact Oral Surgery Specialists of Oklahoma for more information about oral pathology treatment at our practice.