We use our mouths for so many tasks, such as eating, speaking, and breathing; consequently, our mouths have an increased risk for disorders and infections known as oral pathology. Oral pathology refers to any disease that can develop inside the mouth, salivary glands, or jaws. While many oral pathologies are benign (non-cancerous), it is always best to get an early evaluation and proper treatment of any oral irregularities to avoid severe complication or the need for a more extensive surgical procedure.
One of the most common areas that will show infection is the smooth, coral-pink lining of your mouth called mucosa. If you notice an irregularity in the appearance of your mouth’s lining or structures, such as the tongue or tonsils, it may be a sign of a pathological process.
Some common examples of oral pathological processes include
- Strep throat
- Herpes simplex virus
- Salivary gland disease
- Oral ulceration
- Burning mouth syndrome
- Oral cancer
- Some autoimmune diseases
Symptoms that may be indicative of oral pathology include
- A chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
- Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
It is important to remember that not all of these symptoms are painful and that the absence of pain does not mean that a problem does not exist. If you experience any of the above symptoms on your lips, cheeks, palate, or gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck, you should contact one of our offices in Gainesville or Watkinsville, GA, immediately.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts in the evaluation and treatment of oral pathology. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Simonton if you suspect you may be experiencing a pathological process. Your doctor will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and its surrounding areas to detect the presence of infection or disease and develop a personalized treatment plan to restore your oral health.
Where can I get oral pathology analyzed and treated near Gainesville, GA?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Fred Simonton, is a specialist in providing solutions for the treatment of complex oral and dental health problems, including the analysis and treatment of oral pathologies. With two office locations in Gainesville and Watkinsville, GA, Dr. Simonton and his staff serve a wide region, including cities in Georgia as well as South Carolina and North Carolina.