Oral pathology is a term used to classify any disease or infection that develops inside the mouth (including the salivary glands or jaws). While many types of oral pathologies are not serious, early evaluation is best to receive proper treatment. One of the most commonly affected areas is the smooth, coral pink lining of your mouth called mucosa. If you notice an irregularity in the appearance of your mouth’s lining or structures, such as the tongue or tonsils, you may be experiencing a pathological process that requires immediate evaluation.
A few common examples of oral pathology include
- Lichen Planus
- Oral ulceration/Canker sores
- Salivary gland disease/Mucoceles
- Autoimmune diseases
- Red and/or white lesions
- Oral cancer
- Geographic tongue
- Herpes simplex virus
- Burning mouth syndrome/Burning tongue syndrome
Symptoms suggestive of an oral pathological process include
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
- A sensitivity to spicy or acidic foods
- Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
- A sore that bleeds easily and fails to heal
Patients should know that not all oral pathology symptoms are painful. However, the absence of pain does not mean a problem does not exist. If you experience any of the listed symptoms or notice any irregularity on your lips, cheeks, palate, gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck, you should contact our office immediately.
Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Goldberg or Dr. Pitrowski if you suspect you may be experiencing a pathological process. You will receive a comprehensive exam to detect the presence of infection or disease. Our doctors will create a personalized treatment plan for your condition to guide you through the process.