Oral Pathology

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates in Chapel Hill, Durham, Sanford NC

The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:

  • Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth.
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily.
  • A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth.
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness. Difficulty in chewing or swallowing.

These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology, and curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.

We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly and remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us so we may help.

At OMSA, our Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons & Staff are dedicated to providing excellence in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Care for our patients. Call us Today!
Chapel Hill NC
Chapel Hill Office Phone Number 919-929-2196
Durham NC
Durham Office Phone Number 919-479-0707
Sanford NC
Sanford Office Phone Number 919-775-1615
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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates

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Patient Review By Susan M

I am very happy I was referred to OMSA by my dentist and would definitely recommend this practice to family and friends. This group runs their offices like a well-oiled machine and there is very little time spent waiting for appointments. All staff and doctor I saw were very knowledgeable, pleasant, polite and showed they care about their patients.

- Susan M

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