Oral pathology refers to any disease that can develop inside the mouth, and this includes the salivary glands or jaws. While many oral pathologies are not serious, it is always best to have an early evaluation in order to receive proper treatment. 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.
A few common examples of oral pathology include:
- Strep throat
- Salivary gland disease
- Oral ulceration
- Herpes simplex virus
- Burning mouth syndrome
- Oral cancer
- Some autoimmune diseases
Symptoms that may be suggestive of an oral pathological process include:
- A chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
- Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
- A sore that bleeds easily and fails to heal
It is important to remember that not all of the oral pathology symptoms are painful and the absence of pain does not mean that a problem does not exist. If you experience any of the listed symptoms on your lips, cheeks, palate, or gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck, you should contact our office immediately.
Northern Westchester Oral Surgery has a 30-year working relationship with Associate Director Dr. Stanley Kerpel and his team at New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) Department of Oral Pathology. NYHQ has the largest and longest running oral pathology training program in the country and all members of Dr. Kerpel’s team are certified as Diplomates of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology.
Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Weber if you suspect you may be experiencing a pathological process. He will perform a thorough examination of your mouth to detect the presence of infection or disease and create a personalized treatment plan to restore your oral health.