If you or your dentist notice any changes in the color, texture, or shape of your mouth’s lining, Atlantic Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Centre in St. John’s, NL, may be able to help. Our oral surgeons, Dr. Shannon Davis and Dr. Rebecca Woodford, have years of experience performing oral disease biopsies, analysis, and treatment. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts at diagnosing and treating oral and facial diseases like infections, oral cancer, cysts, and other irregularities.
The term oral pathology (also known as dental disease or mouth disease) describes any diseases relating to the mouth, teeth, jaws, salivary glands, or other oral and facial structures. As an access point to the inside of your body, the mouth is at higher risk for developing infections, lesions, and other diseases. We offer biopsies, diagnosis, and management of oral diseases at our office in St. John’s, NL.
Types of Oral Pathology
There are many different types of diseases and infections that can affect your mouth. Below are a few of the most common pathological processes and symptoms that oral surgeons see:
- Cysts and tumors on the gums, bone, or other tissue
- Salivary gland disorders
- Ulcerations or lesions
- Oral cancer
- Certain autoimmune diseases
- Reddish or whitish patches of discoloration
- Sores that bleed or fail to heal on their own
- A persistent sore throat
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing food
If you notice any changes in the color, shape, or feeling of your mouth’s lining, you should request an oral exam by an oral surgeon or dental professional immediately. Even if your symptoms are not painful or even uncomfortable, any changes could be a sign of a pathological process. Catching oral diseases early is crucial in preventing them from causing permanent damage.
Oral Pathology Biopsy, Diagnosis, and Treatment in St. John’s, NL
Our practice offers oral disease diagnosis and treatment. Sometimes treatments are as simple as taking antibiotics for a couple of weeks. Even if patients need extensive surgical procedures for the management of oral cancer or other diseases, our oral surgeon specializes in reconstructive facial surgeries. Your treatment options will be discussed in full during your consultation appointment, where you will have a chance to ask your doctor any questions you have.