Abnormalities anywhere in the mouth could indicate the presence of oral cancer or other diseases, and our doctor is trained to identify signs and symptoms.

Recognizing Oral Pathology

The inside of your mouth should feel smooth and should have a coral pink color. Any abnormalities to this could indicate a problem, even if you aren’t experiencing any pain. If you notice any changes, you should seek an evaluation from a highly skilled oral surgeon who will be able to recognize the presence of an oral pathology and begin treatment. Signs to watch out for when it comes to oral pathologies include
  • White or red patches in the mouth or on the tongue
  • Sores that do not heal
  • A lump or area of thick skin inside the mouth
  • Ongoing bad breath
  • A sore throat that doesn’t improve
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • A painful sore that bleeds easily
  • Bumps, cysts, or lesions anywhere in the mouth

Treating Oral Pathology with Oral Surgery

Early detection means that you can undergo treatment before the problem worsens. If there is a tumor or cyst present, a biopsy can be performed by your oral surgeon to determine if cancerous cells are present. In other cases, Dr. Glosenger can remove large amounts of tissue or lesions as necessary and design a strategy to rebuild your oral and maxillofacial structure, if it was affected. Most oral pathology cases are benign; however, they still require medical intervention to ensure future problems do not arise. Oral cancer is rare, but it is the most serious diagnosis of an oral pathology. Risk factors that contribute to oral cancer are chewing tobacco, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, and environmental factors. Oral cancer is serious, but it can be managed and treated when detected early. If you suspect the presence of an oral pathology or notice any difference in the lining of your mouth, please contact North Dakota Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. You should also perform regular weekly self-evaluations to check for any abnormalities.
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