Oral pathology encompasses the diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as tumors, cysts, and lesions. Many patients come across unexpected changes and occurrences affecting the mouth that may be caused by a disease. The diagnosis of oral diseases at an early stage is very important. Earlier detection means faster treatment and a more prompt healing process.

What does the exam itself entail?

Benign conditions affecting the oral cavity can exhibit similar properties as precancerous or cancerous lesions. Oral cancer screenings are recommend at least once per year, or more often to further decrease the risk of developing oral cancer. Multiple tests or exams may be performed to determine the origin and underlying cause of symptoms. Intraoral images taken during the exam can assist in documenting the appearance of a lesion on a specified date.

How do the treatments work?

Treatments depend on the type of disease present, as well as the specific needs and case of each patient. Some treatments may require the lesion to be removed, manually, while others may require additional specialists such as an oral surgeon.

When it comes to maintaining a smile in great medical and aesthetic shape, oral cancer screenings are one of many steps that can help. For additional information about dental treatments that can support a clean, healthy smile, including teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, veneers, Lumineers, dental implants, sleep apnea, and more, contact Pacific Dental Care. Our office services patients across the Glendale, Burbank, and Pasadena areas.