Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Dr. Barbick, Dr. Hamilton, Dr. McCaskey, Dr. Watts, Dr. Yuan or Dr. Zastrow have treated and helped many patients with certain types of pathologic changes in the oral cavity and jaw bone. These changes include lumps or swellings of the oral cavity and or jaw bone, changes in color involving the gums or tissue of the oral cavity and pain that fails to resolve within the oral cavity.
This includes the treatment of unknown white or red lesions, ulcerative lesions on the gum tissues, cheeks or tongue. 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, however there are also numerous other non-cancerous things that can cause these symptoms. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathological process:
- 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 and/or difficulty in chewing or swallowing
Drs. Barbick, Hamilton, McCaskey, Watts, Yuan or Zastrow also treat cysts and tumors of the upper and lower jaw bone. These are usually visible on a panorex x-ray and or clinically detected due to pain or swelling of the jaw/facial region. Drs. Barbick, Hamilton, McCaskey, Watts, Yuan or Zastrow have taught numerous surgeons these surgical techniques and are well experienced with treating these conditions.
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