Oral surgeons are qualified to diagnose and treat abnormalities of the mouth, salivary glands, and jaws. While many changes to the mouth turn out to be benign, it is always a good idea to seek a professional evaluation.
A common area for an abnormality to occur is the mucosa, the pink-colored mucus membrane that lines the inside of the mouth. Abnormalities may include:
- Chronic ulcers
- Canker sores
- Fever blisters
- Cysts and tumors
- Salivary gland disease
- Oral cancer
Changes to the mouth that may require further evaluation from an oral surgeon include:
- Red or white patches in the mouth
- Chronic hoarseness or sore throat
- Chewing or swallowing difficulties
- A painful sore, or a sore that fails to heal
If needed, we will take 3D Scans to get a more detailed look at your mouth and facial structures.
When you seek an evaluation from an oral surgeon, such as the specialists at Whitewater Oral Surgery Group, a biopsy may be recommended. A biopsy is a minimally-invasive procedure that involves taking a small tissue sample of the affected area, which is then sent out to a lab. We offer several anesthesia options to keep patients comfortable during any surgical procedure. The oral surgeon will formulate a treatment plan based on the results of the biopsy.