For your health, any changes to the normal function, look, or feel of the mouth should be evaluated by a dental health professional. When the soft tissue of the mouth (gums, inside of the cheeks, palate, and tongue) is healthy, it is smooth in texture and a coral pink color. However, pathologic changes to the mouth can affect how it looks and feels.
Performing an oral-self exam once a month is a good habit to get into so that you can familiarize yourself with your mouth’s normal look and feel; if there are any changes, they can be evaluated promptly.
A small tissue sample, called a biopsy, is a common next step in examining a pathological process. A biopsy is a minor procedure that can be performed at our office. The tissue sample obtained from this procedure is then taken to a laboratory for a pathologist to examine and provide an official diagnosis, which they will share with your oral surgeon. Your oral surgeon will create a treatment plan based on the results of the biopsy.
While most changes to the mouth are benign, it is a good idea to have an experienced dental health professional, like Dr. Falk and Dr. Moody, evaluate the change to rule out a more serious condition, like oral cancer. If you have noticed any changes to your mouth, please contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Falk or Dr. Moody. They will perform a complete oral evaluation and formulate the next steps for treatment.
Signs and symptoms of an oral pathology include
Any abnormality to your mouth should be examined by a dental health professional promptly. If you have noticed any changes, please contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Falk or Dr. Moody.