Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of oral pathology (diseases or pathological processes which impact your mouth and face). If you are diagnosed with an oral pathology, you may be referred to our practice in Amarillo, TX, for an oral pathology evaluation.
The oral region is especially prone to developing diseases because the mouth is responsible for a wide variety of functions, including breathing, speaking, drinking, and eating. These actions heighten your body’s exposure to germs, bacteria, and much more, increasing the risk of disease. Because the mouth is a gateway to other areas of the body, you are at an increased risk of infection and other problems.
Types of Oral Diseases and Infections
There are a wide variety of oral pathologies that develop inside the mouth and on the face, ranging from a simple sore to a more complex issue. Some of the most common diseases and infections treated by oral surgeons include
- Oral cancer
- Cold sores and canker sores
- Tumors of the oral and facial soft tissues
- Salivary gland disorders
- Fungal, viral, and bacterial infections
If you believe that you are developing an infection or disease in or around the mouth, it is important to seek expert evaluation of the affected area. Oral pathology is not always painful, but it can put your overall health at risk if not addressed promptly. Luckily, most oral diseases can be treated if they are caught during the early stages of development. There are a variety of symptoms you can watch for to identify a developing pathology, such as
- Sores that bleed easily and do not heal
- Whitish or reddish patches on the mouth or tongue
- Pain in or around the mouth without a clear cause
- Hoarseness, a sore throat, or an earache that lasts longer than normal
Symptoms of oral pathologies, such as those above, can usually be identified by performing regular self-examinations. When performing a self-examination, it is important to look at every area of your mouth, including the tongue, inside the cheeks, the roof of the mouth, and the gums surrounding the teeth. Your general dentist can also help you detect problems early, so it is important to maintain regular dental cleanings. If an oral pathology is detected, your general dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon for treatment.
The training received by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, such as Dr. William Graves and Dr. Paul Wilkinson, prepares them to evaluate and treat oral cancers, diseases, infections, and other conditions. If you or your primary dentist notice that you may be developing an oral pathology, you will be sent to an oral surgeon for a secondary consultation and oral examination of the affected area. Sometimes a biopsy will be recommended to determine the best treatment for restoring your oral and facial health.
Our practice in Amarillo, TX, is specially equipped to evaluate oral infections and diseases. If you are in need of an oral pathology treatment, contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our expert oral surgeons.