Oral Cancer Exams in Rancho Cucamonga
There are a number of diseases that can present in the mouth ranging from:
- developmental cysts associated with teeth
- bone tumors
- soft tissue tumors/growths
- fungal infections
- white/red patches
Jaw Cysts and Tumors
Although these processes are not common, they can cause significant morbidity and require extensive surgery. They may cause pain, swelling, bony expansion numbness or sometimes be an incidental finding on an X-ray. If extensive jaw removal is required, then restoration or reconstruction of the bone will be needed to restore form and function as well as dental implants if teeth were removed.
The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs of the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:
- Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth.
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily.
- A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth.
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness.
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing.
These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology, and curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.
We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly and remembering that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us so we may help.
Treatment of oral pathology is often covered under your medical insurance plan.