Port Angeles WA
In simple terms, oral pathology refers to any number of diseases of the mouth.
Here at Turella Oral Surgery, when we talk about oral pathology, we are not only studying a disease: we are diagnosing it, as well as finding a way to best treat it at our Port Angeles, WA office.
From detecting lesions to recognizing malformations, Stephen J. Turella, DMD understands oral pathology and can help keep your teeth healthy, happy, and smiling!
Some Examples of Oral Pathologies
If you have a lesion, a lump, or a sore in your mouth, we will want to know what it is all about. The most common types of diseases that require oral pathology involve lesions or ulcers in the mouth.
Your oral surgeon will most likely want to start with an oral pathology biopsy.
This is where we will take a small amount of tissue from the area to see what is going on.
A lump in your mouth does not necessarily mean that you have oral cancer. If it is cancer, we will want to start treatment immediately.
If it is not cancer, we will want to know what it is and then we will decide if any treatment is going to be needed.
How Often Should I Have an Oral Cancer Screening?
With oral cancer on the rise, regular screenings are important for preventing and detecting it early.
Dentists recommend that adults over 20 get screened every three years while those 40 years of age and over should have an annual checkup to keep their mouth healthy.
Through these simple steps, a patient can increase their likelihood of successful treatment if needed.
Oral Pathologies and Treatments that Can Help
While oral pathology might seem like it is a term that only for drastic things such as oral cancer, there are plenty of other conditions that are covered under this broad term.
While oral pathology usually refers to a disease, it can also refer to the effects of severe dental trauma to your mouth or your jaw. An oral surgeon like Dr. Turella can discuss treatment options for any oral pathology that is present as a result of trauma.
Your Port Angeles Oral Surgeon Can Perform an Oral Pathology Procedure!
At Turella Oral Surgery, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality of care possible. We would be happy to help you solve any problems you may be having with your oral health. Give us a call today at (360) 912-8244 to schedule an appointment.