We use our mouths for so many tasks, such as eating, speaking, and breathing; consequently, our mouths have an increased risk for disorders and infections known as oral pathology. Oral and facial pathology refers to any disease that can develop in the mouth, salivary glands, jaws, or on the face. While many pathologies are benign (non-cancerous), it is always best to get an early evaluation and proper treatment of any oral or facial irregularities to avoid severe complications or the need for a more extensive surgical procedure.
One of the most common areas that will show infection is the smooth, coral pink-colored lining of your mouth called mucosa. If you notice an irregularity in the appearance of your mouth’s lining or structures, such as the tongue or tonsils, this may be a sign of a pathological process.
Some common examples of oral and facial pathological processes include:
- Strep throat
- Herpes simplex virus
- Aphthous ulcers (canker sores)
- Salivary gland disease
- Oral ulceration
- Burning mouth syndrome
- Oral cancer
- Some autoimmune diseases
Symptoms that may be indicative of oral and facial pathology include:
- A chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
- Loss of feeling or paralysis
- Facial swelling/expansion
- Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
It is important to remember that not all of these symptoms are painful; however, the absence of pain does not mean that a problem does not exist. If you experience any of the above symptoms on your lips, cheeks, palate, gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck, you should contact our office in East Stroudsburg, PA, immediately.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts in the evaluation and treatment of oral and facial pathology. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Matthew Poore if you suspect you may be experiencing a pathological process. Dr. Poore will examine your health history and perform a comprehensive physical examination of your head, neck, face, and oral cavity to detect the presence of disease and develop a personalized treatment plan to diagnose and treat your condition.
Where can I get oral and facial pathologies diagnosed in Monroe County, PA?
At Monroe Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, we offer a wide variety of oral and facial surgery services, including the diagnosis and treatment of oral and facial pathologies. Dr. Matthew Poore and his highly skilled team serve all of Monroe County, including East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Marshalls Creek, Tannersville, Bartonsville, Bangor, Bushkill, Brodheadsville, Tobyhanna, Sciota, Saylorsburg, Nazareth, Swiftwater, Mt. Pocono, Reeders, Mt. Bethel, Cresco, Blakeslee, Pocono Summit, Effort, Kresgeville, Kunkletown, Pen Argyl, Hazelton, PA, and Blairstown, NJ.