Oral pathology refers to a wide variety of diseases and cancers of the oral region. Oral and maxillofacial pathologies can affect the inner lining of the mouth, the salivary glands, the jaws, and other areas in the mouth and face. Many oral pathologies have no painful or uncomfortable symptoms in early stages, which makes regular oral examinations extremely important.
While some more common oral pathologies, such as minor cases of strep throat, can be treated by your general physician, more serious cases may require the expertise of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Dr. Collins is an expert in identifying and treating a wide variety of oral pathologies, and many pathologies are easy to treat with early diagnosis. If you notice any irregularities in the color or feeling of your mouth, contact our office to schedule an oral examination at our practice in Conway, Arkansas.
Oral pathology symptoms to look out for include
- A constant sore throat or hoarseness
- Red or white patches in the mouth
- Strange discoloration of the mucosa (lining of the mouth)
- Certain regions of the mouth becoming thicker or changing shape
- New lumps, cysts, or structures in the mouth or throat region.
The Best Defense Against Oral Pathologies: Regular Examinations
Early and frequent oral examinations are widely considered to be the best defense against oral diseases, although a healthy diet and not smoking or chewing tobacco are also important preventive measures. It’s a good idea to examine yourself regularly so that you know what colors and structures are normal for your mouth. (In general, the lining of your mouth should be a mostly smooth, coral pink color.)
If you see any new structures or discoloration, get a second opinion from an oral surgeon. Look for strange red or white patches, cysts, ulcers, or any other irregularities. Oral surgeons can use more advanced detection techniques, such as scans or biopsies, to determine the nature of your condition and form a treatment plan.
The diagnosis and treatment of oral pathology are offered in our Conway office.
In general, patients with various forms of oral pathology are referred to Dr. Collins by their general dentist or family doctor. Dr. Collins will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and throat to ensure that you are oral cancer and pathology free. In the case of any irregularities, Dr. Collins will form a personalized treatment plan to restore your oral health.