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Oral Pathology

Oral pathology refers to any change from a normal, healthy condition and includes everything from a lesion or a growth to cancer. Any changes in the health of your mouth or jaws require an immediate evaluation.

Diseases or infections affecting the mouth, jaws, or related structures are referred to as oral pathology. Oral pathologies can range from a simple canker sore to a much more serious disease, such as oral cancer. Dr. Nedbalski and Dr. Lerner of Boulder Oral Surgery are experienced in the identification and treatment of oral pathologies and can form a treatment plan to get your oral health back on track.

The mucosa is the lining of the mouth that, when healthy, is smooth and coral pink in color. Any changes to the mucosa should be addressed with a dental health professional, like an experienced oral surgeon, as soon as possible. Pathological processes that are caught early are often treated easier.

When you come to Boulder Oral Surgery with a suspected oral pathology, a biopsy of the area in question may be taken. A biopsy usually involves taking a small tissue sample that a pathologist will examine for diagnosis. Your oral surgeon can then proceed with the appropriate course of treatment based on the diagnosis.

Signs of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases

Call our practice if you notice any changes to your mouth, including:

For your oral health, it is strongly recommended to attend regular checkups. Many oral pathologies do not have pain or other associated symptoms in their early stages. If you notice something that is not usual for your tongue, tonsils, salivary glands, cheeks, lips, palate, or gums, we encourage you to call Boulder Oral Surgery for prompt evaluation.

Oral Pathology in Boulder and Longmont

Many changes that occur in and around the mouth are not serious but should be evaluated by an experienced oral surgeon, such as Dr. Nedbalski or Dr. Lerner, to rule out a more serious condition. If you notice any changes to your oral and maxillofacial area, please contact our practice for an appointment. We will make every effort to see you as soon as possible.