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.

What Are the Benefits of Oral Pathology/Cancer Exams?

Typically provided as part of routine dental visits, oral pathology/cancer exams are important for our Houston, TX patients due to the ability to recognize any oral conditions or cancer early on. At Patrick V. Nicosia, D.D.S., M.S., Inc, further benefits of oral cancer exams include:

  • Early detection of precancerous lesions or cancer of the mouth
  • Ability to find the presence of mouth and throat cancers
  • Screening is comfortable and should not involve pain
  • Fast and efficient treatment that takes about five minutes
  • Sooner diagnosis of oral problems allows for higher cure rates
  • May allow patients to avoid more expensive and invasive treatments later on

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.

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