When the soft tissues in your mouth are healthy, they are smooth in texture and pink in color. While any changes in the texture or color of your oral tissues may be nothing, they can also indicate a problem. If you see something unusual about the tissues within your mouth, it is important that you do not ignore the abnormality. Any changes should be examined right away. At David Thurber, DDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we can diagnose, and treat, a variety of different oral health issues with oral pathology.
Types of Pathological Diseases
There are several different pathological diseases. Oral pathology specifically deals with the diagnosis and treatment of any changes that occur in the oral cells, tissues, or organs. Types of pathological diseases include:
Diagnosing Pathological Diseases
If you notice any changes in the tissues inside your mouth, a thorough oral exam is needed. We begin by visually examining the mouth, taking a closer look at the affected area. Images of your mouth are often taken. We may also perform a soft tissue biopsy. A soft tissue biopsy is an important diagnostic tool often used for diagnosing or ruling out oral cancer. We remove a small section of the affected tissue for closer examination under a microscope. There are a few different types of biopsies that may be used, including excisional, incisional, punch, and brush.
How Are Pathological Diseases Treated?
The exact treatment that you receive will depend upon your diagnosis. Except for oral cancer, most pathological diseases are not life-threatening, but they should still be treated. Treatments include:
If you notice any changes in your mouth, even minor ones, it is important to have those changes looked at right away. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call David Thurber, DDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today at 315-457-9999.