Oral pathology refers to any disease that develops inside the mouth, salivary glands, or jaws. Most types of oral pathology are benign (non-cancerous), but patients should pursue early evaluation and proper treatment of any mouth irregularities since our mouths are especially vulnerable to infections and disorders.
Because the mouth has such a wide variety of functions and is exposed to many external environmental factors, the mouth is at an increased risk for the development of tumors and infection.
It is important to remember that not all problems in the mouth are painful, but the absence of pain does not mean that there is not a problem. Your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores.
If a biopsy reveals cancerous cells, there are several options to treat it. Sometimes, surgery can be performed to remove the affected area, or radiation therapy is also sometimes used for small tumors. Radiation can sometimes be effective before surgery by shrinking the tumor to aid with removal during surgery or after surgery to destroy any remaining cancer cells.
If you have any suspicious oral activity on your face or in your mouth, please contact your general dentist or contact us at Granger Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Granger, IN, to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Anderson.