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.
Patient Reviews for Oral Pathology
Indiana Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates
Very nice staff and excellent service.
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- Bruce B
Fantastic. Everything was explained well. Great care
- Drew P
Dr. Bojrab and his staff were very caring and handled our son with intellectual disabilities very well.
- Scott F
I am very satisfied with the work Dr Edan did. She was professional but also easy to understand as she explained the treatment I would have. During the procedure Dr. Edan was gentle and explained what she was doing. She wanted to make sure I was comfortable. Her assistant also was gentle and kind The schedulers were efficient as was the front office staff. I appreciate the treatment I received
- Lori Skafidas Boland B
- Betsy O
i appreciate having a personal call from the doctor after the procedure.
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