Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts in diagnosing and treating disease of the mouth. Any change in the color or texture of the pink mucosa lining the inside of the mouth could indicate the beginning of a pathologic or pre-cancerous process. Many pathologic conditions are not accompanied by pain. If you notice any unusual changes in the lips, cheeks, roof of the mouth or gum tissue, you should seek attention.
CHANGES THAT MAY INDICATE A PROBLEM OR PRE-CANCEROUS CONDITION:
- Red or white patches
- A sore that fails to heal
- Recurrent bleeding
- A lump or thickening of the skin lining the inside of the mouth
- Pain or swelling
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
Keep in mind that your mouth is one of your body’s most important early warning systems. Don’t ignore any suspicious lumps or sores. If you discover something, call our office for an appointment. If the doctor feels that something looks suspicious, a simple biopsy may be all that is needed to rule out the need for any surgical treatment.