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Mark S. Greskovich, DMD

Kevin C. Dean, DMD, MD

​Aaron Wallender, DDS, MD

Mark S. Greskovich, DMD

Kevin C. Dean, DMD, MD

​Aaron Wallender, DDS, MD

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology


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. The following can be 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 skin lining the inside of the mouth
  •       Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  •       Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, floor of the mouth, face, and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology and, curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. 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 so we may help.