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ON-LINE ORAL PATHOLOGY BIOPSY DOCUMENT

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ORAL PATHOLOGY

Oral Pathology is the science which deals with the nature, cause and development of disease located in the oral cavity and the maxillofacial region. Generally speaking, the oral cavity (mouth) is smooth and pink in color. A change in the color of the oral cavity, a lesion or growth may be a sign to an underlying disease process or an undetected medical condition. Most of these conditions may be treated with oral medications. If oral medication does not resolve the problem then the Oral Surgeon may recommend that you have a biopsy performed for a final diagnosis.

WHAT IS A BIOPSY

A biopsy is a surgical procedure which involves the removal of a piece of a suspicious tissue or the removal of an entire lesion depending on its size. Most biopsy procedures can be performed with local anesthesia. Once the biopsy is performed, the tissue is sent to a pathologist for a diagnosis. The Oral Surgeon will contact you with the results from the pathologist with a treatment plan to follow.

ORAL PATHOLOGY WARNING SIGNS

If you detect changes in the cheeks, gum tissue, lips, palate, tongue, face and/or neck, and gum tissue around the teeth, you will want to report them to an Oral Surgeon. The following is a list of changes to look out for so as to prevent the pathologic process or a cancerous growth.

  Difficulty swallowing or chewing
An Oral Sore that fails to heal and shows signs of bleeding
Patches of red tissue
Patches of white tissue
Thickening of skin or lump
Sore throat or hoarseness (chronic)

 

We do not provide treatment and/or advice over the internet. If you feel that you have any or all of the symptoms above, contact our office or your local area Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, you must call 911.


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