Oral Pathology

Any diseases or infections of the mouth, jaws, salivary glands, and facial muscles need the attention of a highly trained oral surgeon to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.

Oral Pathology

What is oral pathology?

The term oral pathology encompasses all diseases or infections in the mouth, jaws, salivary glands, and facial muscles. Most oral pathologies are not serious and are easily treatable; however, some conditions, such as oral cancer, require immediate treatment to prevent them from developing into more serious problems. If you notice any suspicious symptoms in the mouth or throat, please contact one of our offices in Ashland, KY, or Beckley, Charleston, Huntington, Hurricane (Teays Valley), Kanawha City, or Parkersburg, WV, immediately.

Common signs to watch out for are any changes in the shape, texture, or color of your gums. Oral pathologies do not always present such noticeable symptoms, however, so it’s important to visit the dentist regularly. Dentists are trained to identify oral pathologies in the early stages before they can cause more serious problems.

Symptoms of an Oral Pathology

Our mouths are in constant contact with bacteria, which makes them incredibly susceptible to infection and other disease. Maintaining good oral hygiene, such as regular brushing and flossing, is vital to keeping your mouth and other oral structures healthy. The most common symptoms of oral pathological processes include

  • Thickening of the lining of the mouth
  • Recurrent swelling
  • Lumps in the mouth or on the neck
  • Change in texture, color, or shape of the mouth’s lining
  • Bleeding sores that don’t heal
  • Reddish or whitish patches on the cheeks, gums, or tongue

If you notice any of these symptoms, please call one of our offices in Ashland, KY, or Beckley, Charleston, Huntington, Hurricane, Kanawha City, or Parkersburg, WV.

Types of Oral Pathology

Oral pathologies most commonly occur when you do not take good enough care of your mouth. If you do not keep your mouth clean, it’s easy for the bacteria in contact with your mouth to develop into an infection or disease. The most common oral pathologies include the following:

  • Oral fungal infections
  • Salivary gland diseases
  • Chronic ulcers
  • Infections
  • Herpes simplex virus
  • Oral cancers
  • Oral cysts and tumors

Oral pathology treatment at Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery

If you notice or are alerted to any symptoms of an oral pathology, please contact one of our offices right away to schedule a consultation. Most oral pathological processes are easily treated when they are detected early. Our oral surgeons are highly qualified to treat even the most severe pathologies. We look forward to meeting you and restoring your smile.