Dr. Jenkins Specializes in the surgical treatment of oral and facial pathology. This includes diagnosis, biopsies, and treatment of any suspicious lesions or changes inside your mouth and on the skin of your face.
Oral pathology ranges from benign, non-threatening lesions such as apthous ulcers (a.k.a. canker sore), to malignant lesions such as oral cancer. Any alteration of the normally pink and smooth appearance of the lining of the mouth could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The following could be signs of a pathological lesion:
· Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
· A sore that fails to heal and/or bleeds easily
· A lump or bump
· Difficulty in chewing/swallowing
· Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
These changes may be detected anywhere in the mouth or face, including the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology. However, any patient with facial or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk.
We recommend getting an oral cancer screening by your dentist at every checkup (preferably twice a year). Also, it is best to do monthly self screenings. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. If you have any suspicious lesions contact Dr. Jenkins today to see how he can help.