Oral Diseases and Infections

Oral Cancer
Cancer screening and biopsy of questionable tissue is a routine part of an oral surgery practice.  Fortunately, damage to bones and soft tissues caused by oral cancer can often be reconstructed surgically.

It is important evaluate any suspicious lumps, sores or discolorations that you or your dentist have detected. The following can be signs of a possible pathological process or cancerous growth:

  • Reddish or white patches 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 chewing or swallowing

Infections

Patients are referred to Dr. Nellen or Dr. Goeckerman to diagnose and treat pain and swelling in the face, neck or jaws.  These are often symptoms of an infection, which can sometimes develop into a life-threatening emergency if not treated promptly and effectively. Surgical treatment, if needed, may include draining the infected area and eliminating the source of the infection.