When we talk about oral pathologies, we mean issues like sores and lesions. Not only could these be painful, but lack of treatment could mean the onset of serious complications, threatening your smile’s stability and your overall health. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral surgeons discuss possible treatment options.
What is considered an oral pathology? These could include sores in the mouth, ulcers and raw areas, or areas with red and white splotches. Lumps, rough patches, cysts, or swelling is also cause for concern. Some of these may be painful, but others may not. Essentially, when you notice you lesions or sore spots, or other areas that feel different or have changed in color and size, let us know. Especially if these issues haven’t shown improvement in a week! At this stage, an evaluation is absolutely crucial.
Sometimes, these sores could cause worsening pain and even impact your ability to eat. Other times, they could be indicative of oral cancer and mean that lack of treatment is enabling a serious disease to grow in severity. We want to diagnose the presence of any disease in your mouth, salivary glands, or jaw, especially areas that could be cancerous or precancerous. The earlier we make a diagnosis, the sooner you can undergo treatment to ensure comfort and prevent complications down the road.
To begin, our team will make a full review of your health history and current state of health. We then examine your smile with digital x-rays and 3D scanning technology, so we obtain clear and detailed images of your smile and possibly problematic areas. We then make a diagnosis with accuracy and precision. Once we have a diagnosis, we can discuss moving forward with treatment.
We may suggest an oral biopsy, which involves removing a small portion of tissue to analyze in a lab setting. The results of the biopsy willet us know if we can offer treatment in-office, or if you need to be referred to a specialist. Our team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experienced in treating the factors behind oral pathologies, and offering relief. We also know when to work alongside specialists, or recommend referral. If you have any questions, then please contact our team today to learn more. We’re ready to uncover the cause of your discomfort, and discuss the best possible treatment option!
Do You Have Questions About Oral Pathology?
We want to assess the cause of your discomfort, and offer relief to protect your oral health for years to come. To learn more about our approach to clinical evaluations, oral surgery, and advanced care, then schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.