Brijesh J. Patel, D.D.S., M.D

Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Phone: 805.532.1331

Fax: 805.532.1371

Email: info@moorparkoms.com

Connect With Us f

Oral Pathology

Tumors or cysts sometimes develop in the bone or the soft tissue of the mouth. While often these tumors or cysts are harmless, others may threaten the health and function of the surrounding tissue and need to be surgically removed.

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 at the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:

  • Reddish patches (erythroplasia) 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
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology, and curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/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. 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.

Moorpark Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery P.C.
145 Park Lane Ste#110 Moorpark, CA 93021

805.532.1331