Oral Pathology – Oral Cancer

The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer.

The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:

  • Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology, and curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.

We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly and remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us so we may help.

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I’ve had tooth extractions before that were very traumatic. I was extremely apprehensive and anxious about another one. The reviews on line led me to request the referral to Dr. Luna’s office. Every step from the initial talk with the receptionist to the consultation to the actual procedure was amazing. Everything was handled in a very professional and genuinely caring manner. During the procedure, they explained everything to my wife about the steps to a successful recovery. I was sore but not in horrible pain. I took the prescribed pain medication only on the day of the procedure and did not feel the need to continue even though it was available. I would not hesitate to return if I ever require more oral surgery and would highly recommend this office. There is only good to say about the experience.

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Procedure went well, no problems at all. Everyone so friendly and efficient. Definitely will return if necessary

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Very thankful for the caring and helpful staff! They made a stressful situation so much easier! Would highly recommend!

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I have confidence in Dr Luna and his staff, and the care I received. After the treatment I received at another practice, I wasn’t too trusting. I certainly trust this staff

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In my 75 history years history with teeth removal (wisdom teeth at age 40, tooth extraction at age 50), my opinion of dentists who do this can take a long walk off of a short pier. When my family dentist told me that I needed to see an oral surgeon to remove a back tooth I cringed. I was able to get an appointment with Dr. Luna within a reasonable amount of time and I found his office staff to be friendly and professional. The day of the tooth removal I was more than anxious to say the least, however the staff put me at ease and the next thing I knew I woke up heading for recovery. From my past experience I expected the worst. The worst being missing 6 days of work from wisdom teeth extraction and severe pain from a dry socket that lasted over two weeks. Pain from this tooth extraction has been minimal. After one day of pain medication and two days of tylenol I was pain free. After three days I was able to eat real food. If I ever have to go through this again I would see D. Luna

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Very pleased with the office, staff, and Doctor! Would definitely recommend this office for wisdom teeth extraction!

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I am very please with my experience at Dr Luna's office. The office administrators were very cooperative with scheduling my appointments. My wait time was minimal in the waiting room. I was pleased with the procedure performed and I had no discomfort after the procedure was completed. I had several follow up appointments. All went very well. I would highly recommend coming to Dr Luna's if you need to have teeth extracted.

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Removal went fine and healing was slowed up by a tiny bone chip causing extra pain. I'm sure the healing will improve and pain stop. I had good overall experience. You staff was great.

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I was very pleased with the outcome of my wisdom teeth surgery, felt very comfortable here and during the surgery. Great overall experience.

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Explained the procedure and everything went as planned with no complications.

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Son didn't think getting his wisdom teeth out was as bad as he expected!

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