Oral Pathology 2017-03-23T17:57:12+00:00

Oral Pathology

 

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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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The doctors and staff at St. Lukes OMS have consistently been great to work with. Dr. Geller is very skilled and our family is very happy with the numerous times he has performed surgery on our children. Highly recommend St. Luke’s OMS!

Autumn H.

Had two wisdom teeth taken out. Was told horror stories at work. Dr. Gholston extracted without any problems. Have very little pain. He gave me the right meds, to keep it under control. Great bedside manner. Was my third time there for extractions. Thanks Dr. Gholston.

Robert A.

I had an appointment here yesterday (5/31/16) at the Allentown office to get a tooth extracted. I’ve never been more pleased with a dentist. Appointment was at 11 am and I was in my car at 11:26! Awesome professionalism from all as well! No pain during the extraction either! Highly recommend!

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Our team at St. Luke’s OMS makes themselves available 24 hours for oral surgery emergencies. That is why we are the leading Lehigh Valley oral Surgery Practice! If you have an issue that is not during the time of office hours, call us at 610-865-8077 and leave a message for our answering service. We will be able to evaluate your emergency needs and direct you as needed.