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Oral Pathology Oral Surgeons in Elmhurst, IL

Oral Pathology

The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:

  • Reddish patches (erythroplakia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth or neck
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck. Pain is not always necessary to define a pathology and, curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.

We would recommend performing an oral cancer self examination monthly and remember that your mouth is one of your body's most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us so we may help you.

If you feel that you or someone you know have any of the symptoms that have been discussed or if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office so we may be of assistance to you.

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As Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Drs. Wolf and Dr. Dohse manage a wide variety of problems relating to the Mouth, Teeth and Facial Regions.

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533 West North Ave, Suite 200
Elmhurst, IL 60126

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