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Oral Pathology Signs

The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin known as mucosa that is smooth and pink. An alteration of its appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process, the most serious being oral cancer. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathological process.

  • Reddish patches (erythroplakia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • A chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • A lump or thickening of the skin inside the mouth
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

Oral Pathology Services

Any of these changes could be detected to the lips, cheeks, gum tissue, tongue, palate, face or neck. You will not always experience pain or discomfort with these conditions. Additionally, if you have facial and/or oral pain without any of the above conditions or for no obvious cause or reason, this too should be brought to the attention of your dentist or Dr. Sowden.

Other forms of pathology can exist below the gum surface which can only be evaluated by x-rays. Routine visits to your dentist may reveal these issues. Referral to an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is paramount for appropriate treatment. Usually, a simple biopsy procedure performed in our office can determine whether your condition is benign in nature or requires further intervention. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at Harbourside Oral & Facial Surgical Centre. 

Self-Examinations Are Important!

We recommend that you perform a monthly oral cancer self-examination. Note that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore any suspicious lumps or sores.