Because we use our mouths for so many tasks, such as eating, speaking, and breathing, our mouths have an increased risk for disorders and infections. Oral pathology refers to any disease that can develop in the mouth, salivary glands, or jaws. While many oral pathologies are benign, it is always important to get an early evaluation and proper treatment of any oral abnormalities 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-colored lining of your mouth, called mucosa. If you notice a change in the appearance of the mucosa or your mouth’s 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
Below are some symptoms that may be indicative of oral pathology:
- 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 while not all of these symptoms are painful, the absence of discomfort 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 our office in Elkins Park, PA, immediately.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts in the evaluation and treatment of oral pathology. Please schedule a consultation with Drs. Mogyoros and Funt if you suspect you may be experiencing a pathological process. Your doctor will thoroughly examine your mouth and its surrounding areas to detect the presence of infection or disease and develop an individualized treatment plan to restore your oral health.
Where can I get oral pathology treated near Philadelphia?
The surgeons at Greater Philadelphia Oral Surgery located in Elkins Park, PA, are specialists in performing oral and maxillofacial procedures and treatments, including the treatment of oral pathology. Drs. Funt and Mogyoros service the entire greater Philadelphia area.