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.

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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates

5 out of 5 stars based on 7 Oral Pathology reviews

Patient Review By Brett C

I saw Dr. Vandersea for a biopsy on my tongue. I was scared because this was the first pathology check I had ever done. Dr. Vandersea was so patient and kind. He has this relaxed vibe about him that immediately put me at ease about the procedure. And he took the time to answer all my questions honestly. He also has a good sense of humor, which helped to ease the stress of the operation. I felt very cared for during my initial visit, during the surgery, and with followups.

- Brett C

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Patient Review By Steve R

Dr.Ruvo did excellent job on tongue biopsy.For me very little pain after surgery.After two weeks you are unable to see a scar. Highly recommend.

- Steve R

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Patient Review By Linda N

Every one was professional and punctual. I was relieved to experience absolutely no pain from the tooth extraction. A follow-up call from Dr. Serlo was very appreciated and reassuring. I will most definitely recommend the services of OMSA!

- Linda N

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Patient Review By Tara P

Dr Ruvo provides excellent care. He has a warm, genuine, caring attitude. I felt like he listened to my concerns with understanding and was clear in communicating his opinion and the plans for treatment. I would recommend him to all and plan to bring my family to him in the future.

- Tara P

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Patient Review By Leon S

Excellent service and treatment .

- Leon S

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Patient Review By Howard R

Dr. Sacco is a wonderful doctor who I've seen for several issues over the years and I've recommended her to family and many friends and have always heard very positive feedback from them about her and her practice.

- Howard R

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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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