It’s an unfortunate truth, but the fact is, there are a great many different diseases and infections that can affect your mouth and neck. With so many varied maladies out there, Pasadena, Glendale, and La Cañada oral surgery patients often find themselves searching for more information on what they are, how to identify them, and what to do about them. If you’re concerned about possible health issues in your mouth or neck, schedule an appointment at Lytle, Tate & Stamper right away.
Common Oral Health Issues
We offer treatment for a wide range of oral health issues, but some of the more common problems encountered by Pasadena, Glendale, and La Cañada oral surgery patients are:
- Benign Soft Tissue and Bone Lesions: these non-cancerous tumors don’t spread but they can appear like precancerous lesions
- Bacterial/Viral/Fungal/Neck Space Infections: sometimes arising from respiratory infections or dental abscess, these can progress quickly and present as severe sore throat, fever, and neck stiffness or pain
- Salivary Stones: caused by thickening and calcification of saliva in a salivary gland or duct, these can block the flow of saliva causing pain and swelling
- Cleft Lip/Palate: a common genetic deformity involving an incomplete fusion of the lip/palate
- Bone Deficiencies: often due to bone resorption caused by missing teeth, bone deficiencies can threaten your facial integrity if left untreated
- Malocclusions: sometimes referred to as a bad bite, malocclusions are caused by extra, missing, or crowded teeth or misaligned jaws
- Partial or Complete Edentulism: more commonly known as being without teeth, partial or complete edentulism can severely lessen quality of life and functionality
- Abscessed Teeth: most commonly caused by severe tooth decay, an abscessed tooth is a painful infection at the root or in between the gum and a tooth
- Dry Mouth: characterized by lack of saliva in the mouth and dry skin, dry mouth can be caused by medications, nerve damage, and diseases such as Diabetes and HIV/AIDS
- Oral Cancer: the most serious of oral diseases, oral cancer often presents in early stages as changes in the appearance of the oral mucosa
Warning Signs of Oral Pathology
The special type of skin, called mucosa, that lines the inside of your mouth is normally smooth and coral pink in color, but if you observe changes in its appearance, these could be warning signs of pathological processes. Be on the lookout for these common indicators:
- Whitish patches, called leukoplakia, or reddish patches, called erythroplasia, in your mouth
- Sores that don’t heal and/or bleed easily
- Thickening of the skin lining or lumps on the inside of your mouth
- Hoarseness or chronic sore throat
- Difficulty while chewing or swallowing
These warning indicators can appear on face, neck, cheeks, palate, tongue, and gum tissue around the teeth. Pain may or may not be present with pathology and is oddly not often found even in oral cancer. That said, if you are experiencing pain on your face or inside your mouth that lacks an obvious cause, you may be at risk for oral cancer and should schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.
Treatment of Oral Diseases and Infections
Pasadena, Glendale, and La Cañada oral surgery patients of Lytle, Tate & Stamper can rest assured that oral cancer screening and biopsy of any conspicuous tissue is a routine part of our everyday practice. Even if you’re found to have oral cancer, the bones and soft tissues typically damaged by it can be surgically reconstructed and repaired. Infections in your mouth, jaw, and neck can be treated with relative ease, though the sooner they are detected, the better.
We recommend performing monthly self-exams for oral cancer to keep on top of any suspicious changes that occur. Your mouth is one of your body’s most important means of warning against infections and other diseases. Don’t ignore lumps, sores, and other questionable changes that present themselves. If you see any potential causes for alarm, don’t delay – call Lytle, Tate & Stamper today for an appointment.
Pasadena, Glendale, and La Cañada oral surgery patients trust Lytle, Tate & Stamper for treatment and prevention of oral diseases and infections – shouldn’t you? Call to schedule your consultation today!