Oral Pathology/Cancer Exams in Houston, TX

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If you have noticed a change in your gums, inside cheeks, tongue, or other parts of your mouth, our periodontist at Patrick V. Nicosia, D.D.S., M.S., Inc. has received special training in diseases of the mouth. Dr. Nicosia can identify potential diseases of the mouth and other oral conditions, including cysts, tumors, and lesions, that may need medical attention. As a leader in oral health and technology, our dental expert believes in early detection screening and recommends these exams for all adults. If you would like to learn more about our oral screenings and what is included in your annual dental exam, call and schedule your appointment with our practice in Houston, TX today.

Dr. Nicosia will scan the teeth and gums to perform a visual examination. He also may use his fingers inside to feel the surface of the skin to feel for any bumps or abnormal soft tissue textures. If any areas are of concern, Dr. Nicosia may schedule a biopsy for evaluation by an oral pathologist. Other conditions that Dr. Nicosia will test for during your oral pathology exam include periodontal disease, mouth ulcers, and jaw misalignment, to name a few.

Some symptoms of concern include the following:

  • Hoarseness when speaking
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Lingering soreness in your throat
  • Change in the color of any portion of your oral cavity
  • Red, inflamed, or bleeding gums
  • Any oral growth (such as a cyst or lesion)

Even if someone has never smoked or quit smoking years ago, it is possible to develop oral cancer.

I have been a patient of Dr Nicosia for 30 years and I am not going anywhere. He treat my family and friends in the best way that no doctor ever has.The best doctor who cares for his patients and who runs an office in a most professional way. He is a perfectionist in his profession and a friend to his patient. We love him and everyone in his office. Thank you Dr Nicosia for keeping our teeth and mouth in such top condition.

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I get the best care when I go see Dr. Nicosia. I truly appreciate Dr. Nicosia for his expertise and all the staff for their professionalism and big help! Thank you all so much for taking care of us!

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Dr. Nicosia is "go-to" for anything That is unexplainable...he not only explains the issue..of course he remedies the issue! I have been his patient now since 2013 between teeth cleaning with Cindy the hygienist and the assistants of Dr. Nicosia. I see them treating all of their patients with respect and most importantly appreciation.

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Been patient for many years. Wonderful!

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We use the latest in oral health technology to diagnose patients to give more treatment options for better oral health. We hope you will consider Patrick V. Nicosia D.D.S., M.S., Inc. a trusted, comprehensive dental practice where you can get the services and screenings needed for optimal health. Call and schedule your appointment in Houston, TX today.

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