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Oral Pathology

If you have noticed any changes to the way your mouth looks, functions, or feels, it is important to obtain an evaluation from a dental health professional.

Oral Pathology

What is an oral pathology?

If you have noticed any changes to the way your mouth looks, functions, or feels, it is important to obtain an evaluation from a dental health professional. Although many changes to the mouth are benign, more serious conditions such as oral cancer should be ruled out. Dr. Jerman is an experienced oral surgeon who can identify and treat oral pathologies.

Please contact us at Greater Montana Oral & Dental Implant Surgery if any unusual changes to the mouth have been noted. Dr. Jerman will perform a screening for oral pathology and discuss next steps for treatment. We will do what we can to see you at our Kalispell, MT, office as soon as possible.

Biopsy Procedures

Many times, a small tissue sample called a biopsy will be taken for further examination. Your oral surgeon can perform a biopsy procedure in their office. The sample will then be taken to a lab where a pathologist will examine the tissue and provide a diagnosis. The pathologist will share their findings with your oral surgeon.

A treatment plan can then be created based on the biopsy results. Your oral surgeon will discuss the course of treatment with you.

Signs and Symptoms of Oral Pathology

The soft tissue of the mouth (gums, inside of the cheeks, palate, and tongue) is pink in color and smooth in texture when healthy. Pathologic changes can alter this tissue. Therefore, it is important to have a dental health professional evaluate any abnormal changes.

It is a good idea to get in the habit of performing an oral self-exam on a monthly basis. This will allow you to become familiar with how your mouth normally looks and feels, and any changes can be evaluated promptly.

While most changes to the mouth are benign, a dental health professional such as Dr. Jerman should evaluate any changes to rule out more serious oral pathologies, including oral cancer. Please contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jerman if you have noticed any unusual changes to your mouth. Dr. Jerman can perform an oral pathology screening and create a treatment plan based upon his findings.

Signs and symptoms of oral pathology include

At Greater Montana Oral & Dental Implant Surgery, we are committed to improving your oral health. Any abnormality to your mouth should be evaluated in a prompt manner by an experienced dental health professional, such as oral surgeon Dr. Jerman. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.