Oral Pathology - Leading Edge Oral Surgery
Why Is an Oral Pathology Exam Needed?
An Oral Pathology Exam Identifies Areas of Concern
Oral cancer will affect more than 50,000 people this year alone. It can develop anywhere in the mouth, and is often first identified during an oral pathology exam. The importance of receiving an oral pathology exam at least once a year (more frequently if certain risk factors are present) cannot be overstated. An oral pathology exam identifies areas of concern and changes in tissue, which are further investigated by our team of oral surgeons. Not all changes in tissue indicate oral cancer. However, any and all changes in tissue appearance or texture should be evaluated promptly through an oral pathology exam. We recommend that all patients perform a self oral pathology exam at least once a month, and contact our team immediately if any abnormalities are present.
Looking for Oral Pathology
At Leading Edge Oral Surgery, our experienced doctors critically and thoroughly evaluate tissues within the mouth and on the face and neck areas for irregularities, suspicious lesions and any areas appearing beyond normal limits. During an oral pathology exam, we look for:
After the Oral Pathology Exam
When an oral pathology exam reveals a suspicious lesion, our skilled doctors biopsy the area and evaluate for cancerous cells. Caught early, oral cancer is very treatable and the prognosis favorable. Our team of board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons are here to guide you through the treatment and management of oral cancer, precancerous lesions or other abnormalities that may occur.
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