Oral and maxillofacial pathologies are sometimes referred to as oral pathology, dental disease, mouth disease, or stomatognathic disease — these terms all refer to diseases of the mouth, jaws, and their related structures, including the temporomandibular joints, salivary glands, muscles of the face, and skin surrounding the mouth. Dr. William H. Wayne practises in the areas of oral surgery and oral pathology in Ottawa.
Your mouth has a special type of smooth, pink-coloured skin known as the “mucosa.” Any type of abnormality, either in appearance or texture, may be a warning sign that a pathological process is taking place, the most serious of which would be an oral cancer.
Some of the early signs that a cancerous or pathological process is occurring include:
Sore that Bleeds Easily and Fails to Heal
Difficulty Swallowing or Chewing
Bump/Lump and/or Thickening on Inner Lining of Mouth
Reddish Patches (Erythroplasia) in Mouth
Chronic Sore Throat or Hoarseness
Whitish Patches (Leukoplakia) in Mouth
If you notice any of these changes, either on the cheeks, lips, tongue, palate or tissue surrounding the teeth, you should schedule an appointment. Typically, pain is not associated with oral cancers and is not always present when other oral and maxillofacial pathologies occur. Although, if you do experience facial and/or oral pain due to an obvious reason or cause, you may still be at risk of an oral cancer occurring. As one of the body’s most important warning systems of disease, you should never ignore suspicious sores, bumps, or lumps in or around the mouth.
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Oral and maxillofacial surgeons, such as Dr. William H. Wayne, have undertaken advanced training to identify certain oral pathologies. When necessary, Dr. Wayne will perform a biopsy and recommend the best course of treatment. To schedule a consultation with Dr. William H. Wayne of Oral Surgery on Merivale, call to schedule an appointment.