Many disease processes can occur in the mouth, jaws and face. Any alterations of the color or texture of the skin or mucosa may signal the beginning of a pathologic process. These changes may occur on the face, neck and areas of the mouth (e.g. gums, tongue, lips, etc.) Most serious of these pathologic changes (which may or may not be painful) are oral cancer and skin cancer. To find out more about oral cancer, please visit our oral cancer page
Aside from cancer, there are many other serious pathologies which need to be evaluated such as:
- Tumors and cysts of the mouth and face
- Tumors and disease of the salivary glands
- Bony cysts and tumors of the jaws
- Infections of the mouth, face, and neck
Some of these changes may be noticed by you and some will detected by your dentist. No matter how small the pathology is, it is imperative that a correct diagnosis is established and treatment rendered in a timely fashion. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Dr. Kim and Dr. Pokras have the expertise and specialized laboratory support to take care of any oral and maxillofacial pathologies. Most of the biopsies and some treatments are done using a laser to decrease any bleeding and discomfort.