We use our mouths for so many tasks, such as eating, speaking, and breathing; consequently, our mouths have an increased risk for disorders and infections known as oral pathology. Oral pathology refers to any disease that can develop inside the mouth, salivary glands, or jaws. While many oral pathologies are benign (non-cancerous), it is always best to get an early evaluation and proper treatment of any oral irregularities in order to avoid severe complication or the need for a more extensive surgical procedure.
One of the most common areas that will show infection is the smooth, coral pink lining of your mouth called mucosa. If you notice an irregularity in the appearance of your mouth’s lining or structures, such as the tongue or tonsils, this may be a sign of a pathological process.
Some common examples of oral pathological processes include
- Strep throat
- Herpes simplex virus
- Salivary gland disease
- Oral ulceration
- Burning mouth syndrome
- Oral cancer
- Some autoimmune diseases
Symptoms that may be indicative of oral pathology include
- A chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
- Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
It is important to remember that not all of these symptoms are painful; however, the absence of pain does not mean that a problem does not exist. If you experience any of the above symptoms on your lips, cheeks, palate, or gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck, you should contact one of our offices in Gresham, Milwaukie, or The Dalles, OR, or Camas, WA, immediately.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts in the evaluation and treatment of oral pathology. Please schedule a consultation with Drs. Rehrer and Lieblick if you suspect you may be experiencing a pathological process. Your doctor will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and its surrounding areas to detect the presence of infection or disease and develop a personalized treatment plan to restore your oral health.
Where can I get oral pathology treated in northern Oregon & southern Washington?
If you are looking for treatment for your oral pathology, Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in Gresham, OR, Camas, WA, Milwaukie, OR, or The Dalles, OR, is the right practice for your treatment. Drs. Rehrer and Lieblick are extensively trained in oral pathology treatment and can provide the solution that you are looking for. We are happy to serve you in any of our four convenient office locations. If you live in 97030, 98607, 97222, or 97058, and you need oral pathology treatment, please contact our office today, and we will be more than happy to consult with you about your condition.