The mouth and jaws are complex structures.
There are many causes of lesions in the mouth, jaws, face, and neck. The cause of these lesions may be related to your genetics, immune system, infection, environment, or other causes. Diseases elsewhere in your body can present in the mouth and jaws. Sometimes cancer may be the cause of these lesions.
When you are referred to Dr. Walther for evaluation of pathology, he will discuss the history of your lesion and perform a thorough physical exam. Oftentimes additional imaging may be necessary. Depending on your individual situation, Dr. Walther may recommend that a small sample of the lesion be removed and sent for evaluation by a pathologist (biopsy).
Regardless of your situation, Dr. Walther has the expertise to help diagnose your disease. Most importantly, he will spend the time necessary to help you understand your disease and how to treat it.
Oral, Head & Neck Cancer
The Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that roughly 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancers this year. Oral cancer patients often discover their disease very late in its development. This is due to the fact that most patients don't look for oral cancer! Because of this, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recommends that everyone perform an oral cancer self-exam each month. The video below discusses how to perform an exam and some of the warning signs of oral cancer.
If you have any concern about lumps, bumps, sores, swelling, or spots in your mouth or along your jaws, please contact us to schedule an appointment.