Healthy oral tissues, those of your tongue, cheeks and your gums, are smooth in texture and pink in color. Any changes in the color or texture of your gums may be nothing, but they can often point to an oral health issue. For this reason, it is important that you have these changes examined as soon as possible. At Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery, we perform oral pathology, which allows us to diagnose, and therefore treat, your oral pathological issues.
Oral pathology is a part of dentistry that deals with diagnosing, and treating, any changes to the cells, tissues and the organs of the mouth that are caused by any one of a number of different diseases. Common pathological diseases include:
How Are Pathological Diseases Diagnosed?
It is important that you have any changes in your oral tissues examined as soon as possible. Diagnosing a pathological disease requires a thorough oral examination. This exam includes a visual inspection of your mouth as well as imaging such as x-rays. In many cases, we may also perform a soft tissue biopsy. A biopsy is a diagnostic tool that involves the removal of a small amount of the abnormality for closer examination under a microscope. There are several types of different biopsies, including excisional, incisional, punch, and brush. Biopsies are an effective tool for diagnosing, and ruling out, oral cancer.
Treatments for Pathological Diseases
With the exception of oral cancer, pathological diseases are not life-threatening. There are various treatment options for pathological diseases, and these treatments depend on your specific situation. Based on your diagnosis, we can help to determine the best course of action. Common treatments for pathological diseases include:
Any changes in your oral tissues, no matter how minor they may seem, should be checked out as soon as possible. Call Westlake Oral Surgery today at (805) 267-9766 for more information or to schedule your consultation.
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