The surgeons at Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are experts at diagnosing and treating oral diseases from our offices in Tucson, AZ, and Oro Valley, AZ. Oral pathology refers to the field of oral and facial medicine that involves the diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases. If you or your dentist notices any changes in the look or feel of your mouth’s lining, or abnormalities within the jaw bone on your X-ray images, you may be referred to an oral surgeon for diagnosis, biopsy, or treatment.
Symptoms that arise in the mouth or facial structures can be warning signs for larger issues within the body. Additionally, the mouth is responsible for a wide variety of crucial functions, such as eating, drinking, breathing, and speaking. All these different activities expose the mouth to an increased risk of infection and other problems, so it’s important to attend regular checkups and perform self-exams to prevent signs of diseases from going unnoticed.
Signs and Symptoms to Look Out For
Not all early symptoms of a pathological process are uncomfortable or painful, so it’s important to note any changes in the look or feel of the inner lining of your mouth. Some symptoms to look out for are listed below:
- Red or whitish patches in the mouth
- A sore that won’t heal on its own or bleeds easily
- A lump or thickening portion of the skin lining the inside of the mouth
- A chronic sore throat or constant hoarseness
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
Types of Oral Diseases
There are many different types of oral and maxillofacial diseases. Some of the most common conditions treated by oral and maxillofacial surgeons include the following:
- Bacterial, fungal, and viral infections of the oral and facial region
- Salivary gland disorders
- Sores or ulcers
- Oral Cancer
Oral Pathology Diagnosis, Biopsy, and Treatment at Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
If you or your dentist finds signs of an oral or facial disease, try to seek treatment as soon as possible. The earlier a pathological process is caught, the easier it is to treat. For more information, contact one of our offices in Tucson, AZ, or Oro Valley, AZ.