Oral pathology refers to any disease that develops in your mouth, salivary glands, or jaws. Most types of oral pathology are benign (non-cancerous), but it is vital that you pursue early evaluation and proper treatment of any oral irregularities.
Your mouth performs a wide variety of functions, exposing it to many external environmental factors. This exposure puts your mouth at an increased risk for the development of lesions, cysts, tumors, and infection.
There are various disorders classified as oral pathologies, including but not limited to the following:
- Cysts and tumors on the gums
- Cysts and tumors in the bone
- Salivary gland cysts and tumors
- Autoimmune diseases
It is important that you have your mouth examined if any of the following signs or symptoms are present:
- Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
- Persistent swelling
- A sore that fails to heal or bleeds easily
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
It is important to remember that not all of these signs or symptoms are painful, but the absence of pain does not mean that there is not a problem. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores.
If you experience any of the above signs or symptoms, contact Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center in Flint, MI, and Saginaw, MI, immediately. Drs. Lesneski, Frey, Kittle, and McKinley will evaluate the condition of your mouth and develop a treatment plan to address your specific needs.