Dr. Adamous or Dr. Sonnichsen and our compassionate team specialize in oral pathology, in addition to our wide-ranging services — all of which offered under one roof. Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is considered one of the nine dental areas of expertise and recognized by the ADA (American Dental Association). This special facet of oral health is sometimes used as preventive dentistry and deals with the diagnosis and clinical management of diseases that affect the oral cavity and surrounding (maxillofacial) structures. This can include neoplasms (cancers), inflammatory conditions, as well as developmental pathologies that are odontogenic, or tooth-related. Origins can be epithelial or hematologic and can occur in the salivary glands, bones, or soft tissues.
There are a multitude of diseases that can occur inside of the mouth, which is basically like an open door to the rest of your body. More and more compelling evidence is linking good oral health to good overall health. If there are any abnormalities or alterations occurring on the inside of the mouth, this could be a warning sign for larger problems, the most serious of which being oral cancer. It’s important to keep your regularly scheduled visits with us in order to catch any problems before they become more serious. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathological process or cancerous growth:
Patches red in color (also called erythroplasia) and also white-colored patches (leukoplakia) in the gums, mouth, and lining of the mouth.
Sores that fail to heal completely and easily bleeds.
A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
Recurring or chronic sore throat, hoarseness, and also difficulty in chewing and/or swallowing.
Changes can be tracked or detected on the lips, the cheeks, the palate, and also the gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and even the neck. With oral pathology, pain does not always have to be present, and pain is also often not associated with oral cancer. But, of course, pain in the face and mouth should never be ignored, because it could present a risk for oral cancer.
Perform your own oral cancer self-examinations frequently, but also make sure to keep your regularly scheduled visits with Dr. Hooman and our team. Please contact Bellflower Oral Facial Surgery & Dental Implant Center today to schedule your consultation. Even if you don’t have any sores, growths, or symptoms in the mouth, it’s important to stay in front of this to avoid costly procedures and hardship down the road.