Oral Pathology 101

Discovering that something has changed in your mouth can cause a pang of panic. Whether you notice a bump, lump, or other change, we strongly encourage you to schedule an oral pathology visit with us. Even if you are experiencing no discomfort, sudden symptoms may point to a treatable problem that – when detected early – we may resolve. Rest assured, abnormalities are typically harmless. However, erring on the side of protecting your smile is always the best approach.

About Oral Pathology

Oral pathology refers to diseases that may occur within your mouth and the surrounding area. More specifically, this includes your salivary glands, as well as your jaws and your oral cavity. Oral pathology can include anything from a sore to oral cancer.

Things To Look For

Chances are good that you will either see a bump or other concern with your own eyes while brushing or flossing – or you will feel a lump or other abnormality with your tongue. Whether the problem is uncomfortable or not, it is important to keep an eye out for any type of change, which may include one or more of the following:

  • Lesions that appear red or white
  • Soreness
  • Ulcers
  • Raw tissue areas
  • Cysts in the jaw
  • Swelling
  • Lumps
  • Bumps

What To Do

Schedule a visit to see us for an oral pathology visit. We will take a close, detailed look at your mouth. We may rely on the use of advanced technology, such as digital X-rays, 3D X-rays, or a biopsy. Your exam will also include a conversation about your state of health, so we gain a comprehensive understanding of what is happening with both your oral and overall wellbeing. We may then provide you with a diagnosis and any necessary treatment.


Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).