oral pathologyAt Balboa Dental Surgery, we do much more than oral surgery and extractions. We believe that maintaining good oral health is essential to your overall well-being. Because of this, we are dedicated to oral pathology — the study and treatment of the diseases that can affect the interior areas of your mouth. In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA, dentist discusses this field and the ways we can identify and treat the diseases that can harm your mouth. 

What Oral Pathology Consists Of

As noted above, it is the study, identification, and subsequent management of issues that can occur in your mouth. Your oral cavity, like many other parts of your body, is susceptible to various diseases and problems that can affect more than just your gums and teeth. Some of the issues that the field concerns itself with are periodontal disease, ulcers, cleft palate and lip, tongue enlargement, and oral cancer. Interestingly, several of the aforementioned issues have similar symptoms, which include sores, abrasions, discoloration, bleeding, and more. 

Oral Cancer Treatment

Within this field, oral cancer is a major subject of research and treatment. Because it shares symptoms with other problems found in the mouth, it is important to remain vigilant and consistent in efforts to identify this disease. When you come into our office for any procedure, we will thoroughly look at your mouth to see if there are any abnormalities, if there are, we will then conduct an oral biopsy. This is when we take a small tissue sample from the affected area and send it to a lab where they test it to see if cancer — or another disease — is present. From there we will take the appropriate steps to either treat the disease if it comes back positive, or we will continue to monitor the area in case anything develops down the road. 

It is important to keep in mind that oral cancer and other diseases can affect anyone. Regardless of your overall health or oral hygiene habits, it can still crop up. With this in mind, it is crucial for you to both inspect your mouth for abnormalities and to visit your dentist or dentist regularly, so they can look for signs.

We Can Repair Damage With Grafting

Whether you are affected by oral cancer or another issue, grafting is a tool for repairing and restoring damaged areas. We can conduct it on your jawbone or gums — depending on what is needed — to help get your mouth back to peak health. It works by us removing either bone or tissue from other parts of your mouth or body and grafting it onto the affected area. It can fix damage caused by oral cancer, a loss of bone density in the jaw, or severe gum disease.

Contact Us For More Information About Oral Pathology

It is essential to stay on top of the health of your mouth. If you think something may be amiss or if you have any questions, please schedule an appointment by calling Balboa Dental Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, today at 949-630-0143.