Oral Pathology/Oral Cancer

The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of tissue (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 some of the signs at the beginning 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 mucosa lining the inside of the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
  • Lumps in the face or neck

These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, gingiva (gum tissue around the teeth), tongue, face, and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology and surprisingly, most oral cancers are painless. 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 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 or your dentist so we may help.

As Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, our doctors are experts in the management of all types of pathologic conditions of the oral cavity. Many of these conditions can be treated in the office with simple excision or biopsy. More extensive conditions, such as oral cancer, require a detailed treatment plan, which may include surgical removal, reconstruction, radiation and chemotherapy.

Oral Pathology Reviews

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Associates For Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, LTD.

5 out of 5 stars based on 16 Oral Pathology reviews.

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Staff and Dr. Drobny were very pleasant and informative.

- Robert S

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Love this office

- Jill G

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I felt very comfortable with getting my procedure.

- William P

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I would definitely go back if need be and my experience was very good and treated very well.

- Phyllis S

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Very good service

- Daniel M

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The staff in the office or assisting Techs were all very friendly and knowledgeable. I met two of the Oral Surgeons : One for the first and final consultation and another for the pulling of my tooth (capped tooth)....I met two of the surgeons because of the day of the week I had my appt. My gum was mildly infected, so the tooth had to be pulled. As a result of the gum infection, I was given an antibiotic, which after finishing the antibiotic, I was told to come back so they could be sure the infection was gone.. They go by there first names: Dr. Russel, and Dr. Dennis, which I feel is very personal. Both surgeons were very professional, gentle and patient,, and they answered all of my questions. I would choose them again because of my good experience.

- Carol C

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Everyone was very helpful and friendly

- Nicole C

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I called at 10:00 am with an emergency and I was seen at 2:00 pm. The entire experience was excellent. The staff and doctor were professional, personable and understanding.

- Tom B

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It's all good.

- Kathryn M

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Procedure was quick, minimal pain. Staff was great setting my expectations for the procedure and post surgery.

- Ed S

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Everyone on the staff was very kind, informative, and concerned. Everything was explained thoroughly by the technician and the doctor. Dr, Drobney was excellent in her skillful tooth extraction and spent time explaining all of the follow-up care I needed. Even the exit employee was very helpful in her explanations.

- Gregory S

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I was most impressed with Dr Dennis. He made me feel at ease and joked around to calm my fears. I am looking forward to my implants as I know he is excellent and will take good care of me! Highly recommend him

- Tammy L

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Much better and much quicker than expected.. Would I want to come back? - Not unless I was dragged kicking and screaming. But if I had to - this is the place!!

- Kenneth E

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The staff was very courteous and professional,the facility was spotless.

- James J

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Very impressed with the overall experience. A difficult procedure was handled without a problem and went much better than what I had expected. Highly recommend

- Rick W

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Friendly, personable and professional. Winning combination.

- Sonny S

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