We hope never to feel pain or have problems with our teeth. Usually, if you take good care of yourself and try to avoid problems, that’s the case. But sometimes, things happen, even if you have the best dental hygiene habits. Oral pathology tries to figure out what’s wrong when your mouth or teeth hurt and how to fix it. If you’re unsure of what’s wrong with your mouth, you should get it checked out as soon as you can by a qualified dentist or oral surgeon. When the causes of pain in the mouth are clear, it is easy to treat the pain. Oral pathology is the part of dentistry that finds out what’s wrong so dentists can fix them. An oral pathologist needs specialized training that is more extensive than what a regular dentist gets.
What Is Oral Pathology?
Oral pathology helps find out what’s wrong when things go wrong in your mouth, like pain, sensitivity, bleeding, or strange symptoms with your gums. It deals with identifying and treating oral conditions that impact the oral and maxillofacial regions.
Oral pathology is important in dental care because it lets us quickly figure out what’s wrong and give the right treatment.
Oral pathology looks at your health history to determine what conditions you may already have that affect your mouth. Even if everything is fine in your mouth, this is the main reason you should visit ORIS Dental Clinics. Oral health is an important part of overall health.
Signs of Oral Pathology
Oral pathology symptoms are usually easy to spot in your own mouth because the mouth is a very accessible organ.
To figure out the exact problem, you may need to see an oral pathologist, who may need to take a biopsy. However, there are some general signs you can look for that could mean you have an oral pathological condition.
During a self-exam, you should look for the following signs of oral pathology:
- Any changes in the colour or look of the lips, cheeks, palate, tongue, gum tissue, face, or neck that is visible
- Red or white spots or bumps; the inside of a healthy mouth will be smooth and pink.
- Open wounds or sores that don’t heal or sometimes bleed
- Gums that are red, sore, or bleeding. Also, look for gum lines that are receding. These are signs that you might have gum disease. Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease, but if you don’t treat it, it can turn into periodontitis, leading to tooth loss and serious infections.
- A sore throat that lasts for a long time, hoarse speech, or trouble chewing or swallowing.
You will need to stand in front of a well-lit mirror and look inside your mouth from different angles to find signs of oral pathology.
Pulling your lips and cheeks back and feeling the inside of your mouth with your fingers will also help. Lesions and mouth cancer are the worst kinds of oral pathology diseases, but you can treat them if they are caught early. Far more people have periodontal disease and benign tumours, which are easy for a good oral pathologist to treat.
Want to Know More?
If you want to learn more about oral pathology or have a problem you want to talk about, please get in touch with ORIS Dental Clinics. Your oral health is our top priority, and we take care of problems quickly so you can get back on track. Come to ORIS Dental Clinics and join our dental family to get good dental care.
Call ORIS Dental Clinics in Richmond Hill, Ontario, to make an appointment. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you.