21660 W. Field Parkway, Suite 220
Deer Park, IL 60010

Oral Pathology

The tissue inside our mouth is lined with a mucosa, that is smooth and a pinkish color. Any change to the appearance of this skin could be a warning sign of a disease; the most serious being oral cancer.

The following can be signs of disease or cancerous growth:

  • Reddish patches (erythroplasia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
  • A sore that does not heal correctly and bleeds easily
  • A lump or thickening of the skin lining the inside of the mouth, and
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness and/or difficulty in chewing or swallowing.

Any changes to this skin can also be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck. If you feel any pain within the mouth or on the facial area close to the mouth, please contact our practice. You may not always feel pain and pain is not always 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.

If you notice any changes to the skin inside your mouth or notice any of these warning signs, please contact our practice with any questions or concerns. Our surgeons recommend that you perform a monthly oral cancer self-examination. Remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore any suspicious lumps or sores.

Oral Surgery Services

Oral Facial & Implant Specialists, P.C.
Deer Park Office

21660 W. Field Parkway, Suite 220
Deer Park, IL 60010
Tel: (847) 381-0106
Fax: (847) 381-0265

Deer Park Oral Surgeons, Dr. J. Travis Thompson and Dr. Stephen Martin, manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions. For more information about the oral and maxillofacial surgery services we provide, or to schedule a consultation, call our office in Deer Park, IL at Deer Park Office Phone Number (847) 381-0106.