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Oral Pathology and Soft Tissue Surgery

Oral Surgery & Implant Specialists

Safeguarding against oral disease

Oral Surgery & Implant Specialists BayCare Clinic provides a comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases, including oral cancer.

Additionally, it is essential to visit a dentist annually for routine check-ups. Should you experience persistent sores or lumps in your throat or mouth lasting longer than two weeks, consult with an oral surgeon.

Understanding pathology

Pathology refers to any deviation from a healthy normal condition. It encompasses abnormalities ranging from tumor to cysts. Tumors can be classified as benign or malignant (cancerous). It’s crucial to recognize that oral cancer falls under oral pathology, but not all oral pathology indicates cancer. Conducting a biopsy is essential in determining the nature of the condition.

Importance of early detection

Early detection of signs and symptoms of oral, head and neck pathology are crucial for initiating timely and effective treatment.

Some of these signs include:

  • White patches, or leukoplakia, in the mouth
  • Red patches, or erythroplakia, in the mouth
  • Red-and-white patches, or erythroleukoplakia, in the mouth
  • A sore that doesn’t heal and bleeds easily
  • An abnormal lump or thickening of the tissues of the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
  • A mass or lump in the neck

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