The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:
- Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth.
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily.
- A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth.
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness. Difficulty in chewing or swallowing.
These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology, and curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.
We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly and remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us so we may help.
Indiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates
Everyone was very nice. Excellent service.
- Larry C
very efficient and caring office
- Spencer S
Thank you to the entire team for making my experience so great.
- Susan K
The staff was friendly and professional.
- Steven D
IOMSA took great care of my daughter. I was out of town when my daughter was injured and the staff and Dr. Bojrab were very kind and compassionate and figured out a way to facilitate the quickest form of treatment in my absence. And they kept me well informed through phone conversations during the process. I am grateful.
- Sheryl K
Overall, I hate any dental visits. Not the place I want to be (especially with my trigeminal neuralgia.) However, I totally trust this staff and practice. They have treated me like more of a person, not just a patient chart. Would totally recommend!
- Erin W
Unpleasant procedure was made as pleasant as possible.
- Doug C
Caring and considerate staff. Good collegial atmosphere in the office which helps relax us all. Appreciated very much the follow up call from Dr. Bosjrab. So far all appears to be going well - see you on the 23rd for review.
- John R
A beautiful soul a very kind doctor
- Rose O