Oral Pathology in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV

What is Oral Pathology?

Oral pathology is the study of diseases in the mouth and jaw, including surrounding structures like salivary glands. An oral surgeon can help you understand what led to your mouth disease, and what you can do about it. Anything from an infected tooth to oral cancer is examined by an oral surgeon to identify cause and consequence.

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Risk Factors and Warning Signs of Oral Cancer

As you might imagine, it’s easy to catch oral cancer in its early stages with regular dental X-rays. An oral care provider will provide sufficient preventative care by examining all areas of the mouth.


What an Oral Surgeon will Inspect:

  • Inside of lips
  • Front of gums
  • Roof of mouth
  • Inside of cheeks
  • Top, bottom, and sides of tongue

What an Oral Surgeon will Look For:

  • Red or white patches
  • Sore that won’t go away or bleeds easily
  • Lumps (potential tumors or cysts)
  • Enlarged neck nodes
  • Frequent throat inflammation
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing

What to avoid:

Tobacco and alcohol users are at higher risk of developing oral cancer, but poor oral hygiene and nutrition also contribute.

When to See An Oral Pathologist

To prevent further complications and spot oral cancer early, it’s best to be evaluated by a caring professional who specializes in dental disease. Schedule an appointment with the experts at Nevada Oral and Facial Surgery to begin your treatment plan.

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“I was referred to Nevada Oral and Facial Surgery by my dentist when I needed to have my wisdom teeth removed. My experience was flawless from start to finish! Making an appointment was simple (which is a big deal when it comes to medical offices), and the ladies at the front desk were very helpful in getting my paperwork together.  The entire office staff is kind and friendly, and Dr. Johnson was fantastic! During my consultation, he went over my x-rays, explained the procedure, and gave me a full picture of what I could expect on procedure day.  I was even able to make a last-minute appointment post-procedure when I had some concerns.  Dr. Johnson was very understanding and addressed all of my concerns right away. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a great oral surgeon and hassle-free experience.”

Hailey F.


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