Oral cancer is a dangerous disease that affects thousands of people every year. If not identified and treated in a timely and effective way, the results can be deadly. Oral pathology is the diagnosis and treatment of mouth diseases, including oral cancer, tumors, cysts and lesions. Dr. Howard Cooke, our board-certified oral surgeon, offers prompt screenings for oral pathology in Dallas, TX, to help catch and treat concerns before they develop further. One of our primary concerns is the diagnosis of oral cancer, which in 2019 will affect over 53,000 Americans. We utilize our expertise and advanced technology to provide patients with thorough oral cancer treatments.
Initial oral pathology examinations are simple procedures which include visual inspection within the mouth for any abnormalities previously listed. If we identify anything suspicious, a biopsy will be performed to conduct tests on. We commonly use an Ellman radiofrequency dental laser to take biopsies, reducing the need for scalpels or bleeding. Performing biopsies when concerns are first detected leads to the best results in successful removal of cancers, tumors or cysts. We strongly recommend patients receive regular pathology tests, even if your results come up negative as diseases can develop at any time.
One of the best ways to stay on top of your oral and overall health is to perform routine at-home checks for abnormalities. If you are noticing any pain, discomfort or bumps in your mouth or throat, you should seek professional assistance right away. Often, the beginning stages of the pathological process can involve red or white patches on the tissues of your mouth, chronic sore throat, hoarseness, and/or difficulty chewing or swallowing. Oral cancers or other conditions can develop at almost any age, so it is recommended that everyone, regardless of age, stay vigilant on their health.