When you need to keep your teeth healthy and strong, you should make sure that you visit your dentist regularly! With that said, do not neglect the rest of your oral health. It is just as important to take great care of your mouth as it is to take good care of your teeth. Too many people neglect things like screenings for oral cancer, and by the time these issues are obvious, they are too far advanced to easily treat and cure. With oral pathology, you can be on the lookout for any changes in your health and get help as quickly as possible. At Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery, we understand the importance of staying on top of your oral health. That’s why we are happy to offer oral pathology services to suit your needs.
What is oral pathology?You might think the above sounds okay, but what exactly does it mean? What is “oral pathology”, and how can it help you? When thinking about the phrase “oral pathology”, it is helpful to first understand that the word “pathology” refers to the study, scientific in nature, of various diseases and their risks, processes, causes, consequences, and development. It is a field of study that is dedicated to learning more about how things like cancer operate in order to enhance detection and treatment options. Oral pathology, then, is the study of diseases that are particular to the mouth. Think about things like oral cancer or gum disease, for example, and you will have a good handle on what oral pathology is.
How can oral pathology help me?It is important to understand that your oral health really is vital to your overall wellbeing. This is especially true when we take a look at oral cancer, which is one of the deadliest and most dangerous forms of cancer out there. The reason that oral cancer is so dangerous is because it doesn’t present with symptoms until the cancer reaches advanced stages. You could have oral cancer and have no idea, in other words, until the cancer reaches its last stages. By then, it is often too difficult to treat successfully. In order to avoid suffering from something like oral cancer, you should have regular oral pathology screenings done in order to test for the presence of cancerous cells or other abnormalities. Doing this can help detect any issues early, when they are still easily and successfully treatable. When detected early, for example, oral cancer has a good outlook. Oral pathology screenings can save your life.
How are oral pathology screenings carried out?There are a number of different tests that can be carried out to determine the results of your screening. In general, you can expect to undergo a visual examination first, where we will inspect your mouth for any patches or lesions. They will then check your mouth for any bumps or other abnormalities. If necessary, a tissue sample will be sent in for biopsy.
To learn more about oral pathology and how it can help you, reach out to us today at Centennial Hills: (702) 660-5574, Summerlin: (702) 660-5576!