The inside of your mouth is lined with tissue called mucosa. It is smooth and coral pink in color. Any altered appearance could be a warning of cellular changes (pathology) which if not checked could become an oral cancer.
Your general dentist should examine your mouth for any changes.
What are the signs of oral pathological changes?
- Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
- A lump or thickening of the skin lining inside of the mouth
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
Can impacted wisdom teeth cause pathological changes? Yes, the most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around impacted wisdom teeth and cause destruction of jawbone and adjacent healthy teeth.
Pathological changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate and tongue. Pain does not always occur with pathology and curiously does not often associate with oral cancer. However, any symptoms of oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may be a reason for suspicion of oral cancer.
Dr. Gedeon will do a clinical exam and then if necessary a surgical excision that will be sent for evaluation and diagnosis. If you are considering an evaluation, please call (203) 744-1240 for a consultation.