Oral Pathology - Denville Oral Surgeon - Cheryl L. Moccio DMD
Diagnosis of pathology in the maxillofacial region is an important part of the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery. If indicated, biopsies and /or other tests can be performed to arrive at a definitive diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. Early detection and treatment of oral lesions greatly improve the patient's prognosis. Lesions may be managed medically or surgically excised.
An oral exam is routinely performed by Dr. Moccio during the consult examination.
The soft tissue of the mouth is normally lined with mucosa, which is a special type of skin that should appear smooth in texture and pink in color. Any alteration of the color or texture of the mucosa may signal the beginning of a pathologic process. These changes may occur on the face, neck, and areas of the mouth (e.g., gums, tongue, lips, etc.). The most serious of these pathologic changes (which may or may not be painful) is oral cancer, but there are also many other common pathologic problems.
Treatment of Pathological Diseases
The pathological changes experienced in the oral region may or not be painful. However, oral cancer is on the rise (especially among men) and the chances of survival are around 80% if an immediate diagnosis is made.
Oral cancer is a general term used when referring to any type of cancer affecting the tongue, jaw, and lower cheek area. Since it is impossible to decisively diagnose a pathological disease without taking a biopsy sample of the affected area, seeking immediate treatment when changes are first noticed might be a life and death decision.
If you are experiencing any pain, symptoms or abnormal growths that cause you concern, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.