We Have Resumed Normal Business Hours

Our patients, team members, and their families are the center of all we do as a company. Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery is closely monitoring guidelines from the CDC and are dedicated to keeping people safe and healthy.

We are resuming normal business hours and operations including all elective and non-elective treatments. As we re-open we want our patients to know they will see some changes in our offices including but not limited to social distancing measures, increased sanitization, increased use of PPE, and other changes. These changes are to protect our staff and patients as we are committed to serving the needs of our community during these difficult times.

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and update our response as more information is made available from the CDC. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time.

Stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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.

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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
  • Oral cysts and tumors
  • Herpes simplex virus
  • Oral cancers

Oral Pathology at Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery

If you’re interested in any of the treatments we offer, we encourage you to contact our office to see how we can help you. We have offices conveniently located in Ashland, KY, or Beckley, Charleston, Huntington, Hurricane, Kanawha City, Parkersburg, or Princeton WV.

We work closely with The Facial Center to provide a range of cosmetic services, including HydraFacial MD®, JUVÉDERM®, facelifts, and so much more! Call us or visit The Facial Center’s website to learn more.