Oral Pathology

Oral Pathology

An oral cancer screening is normally performed during a comprehensive or regular check-up exam. The dentist or hygienist uses a laser light to assess the soft tissue for cell changes that might be indicative of oral cancer and a small biopsy will be taken and sent to a laboratory for review if such cell changes are present, with an excision (removal) will generally be performed if the biopsy reveals the presence of oral cancer.

The soft tissue of the mouth is lined with mucosa, a special type of skin that should appear smooth in texture and pink in color, with any alteration in color or texture possibly signaling the beginning of a pathologic process. The most serious of these pathologic changes (which may or may not be painful) is oral cancer, but there are also many other common pathologic problems.

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