Cancer screening and biopsy of questionable tissue is a routine part of the practice. Fortunately, bones and soft tissues damaged by oral cancer can usually be repaired or reconstructed surgically.
It is important not to ignore any suspicious lumps, sores or discolorations detected by either you or your dentist. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:
- Reddish or white patches 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 chewing or swallowing
Patients are referred to our practice to diagnose and treat pain and swelling in the face, neck or jaws. These are often symptoms of an infection, which can sometimes develop into a life-threatening emergency if not treated promptly and effectively. Surgical treatment, if needed, may include draining the infected area and eliminating the source of the infection.