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Oral Pathology

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How to treat and deal with lesions and biopsies.

The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth or lightly stippled and pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. If your dentist or dental hygienist finds any unusual changes in mouth mucosa, they may recommend a soft tissue biopsy. In some case patients have a cyst or tumor growing inside one the facial or jaw bones. This may be detected by your dentist or hygienist on a routine dental examination. In these cases the biopsy is highly recommended. Biopsy means removing a small part of the effected tissue for specialized examination under the microscope by a trained dentist or physician. Depending on the difficulty of the procedure, and your personal preferences, the biopsy may be done under local anesthetic injections or IV sedation/ general anesthesia. Dr. Mizin will discuss with you all treatment and anesthesia options at the consultation appointment.

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About Oral Pathology

You may need to visit an oral surgeon if your dentist suspects that you may have indications of:

  • Tumors or cysts in the jaw
  • Salivary Gland tumors
  • Ulcers in the mouth that will not heal
  • BRONJ – Bisphosphonate Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
  • Red or white lesions in the mouth ( Leukoplakia and Erythroplakia)
  • Skin cancer
  • Melanoma

What are the benefits of having Oral Pathology treatment?

When you are treated by Dr. Mizin, he will evaluate what is going on in your mouth and put together a plan of treatment. This will prevent your condition from worsening and treat the underlying cause.  In order to do this, he will carry out a full oral examination, taking biopsies if required. Depending upon the problem, he may remove the full lesion or just a part of it. The specialist laboratory will then evaluate the specimen and produce a diagnosis.  Your oral surgeon will then discuss the findings with you and put together a detailed and extensive treatment plan to rid you of the problem or disease.

Who should consider Oral Pathology treatment?

If you have any indication of Oral and Maxillofacial Disease being present in your mouth, then your dentist may consider referring you to see an oral surgeon. If you have ulcers or lesions in the mouth, any lumps, cysts or tumors or your gums do not look healthy, these could all be signs of the early development of pathological processes.  Things like oral cancer need to be investigated early on so that treatment is not delayed.

Your dentist may consider putting you forward for treatment if you have any of the following:

  • Patches in the mouth that are red or white
  • Sores in the mouth that bleed and do not heal
  • Lumps in the gums or inside the mouth
  • A constant sore throat
  • Problems with swallowing or eating
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When you are treated by Dr. Mizin, he will evaluate what is going on in your mouth and put together a plan of treatment. This will prevent your condition from worsening and treat the underlying cause.