What Is Oral Pathology?
Each year, roughly around 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer. Detecting this disease and getting treatment early on is crucial in achieving the best prognosis possible. Our skilled oral surgery team recommends that all patients maintain annual dental appointment which often includes an oral cancer screening and/or schedule a visit with one of our oral specialists. When you visit Oral Surgery Specialists of Pueblo, we will not only perform a thorough screening but educate you on how to perform self-examinations at home. Sings and symptoms to look out for include abnormal bumps or sores and persistent red or white patches. Our surgeons are highly trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of oral cancer and have helped countless men and women regain their oral health. If you have noticed anything unusual or are concerned about a bump or sore that has not healed, we invite you to call our office in Pueblo, CO to schedule a biopsy to see if any oral pathology treatment is necessary.
"Very good at what they do. They were very respectful and did a great job at teeth removal. They give a lot of information regarding what to do after to help give self care and are overall very good. However... They didn't clean some of their tools. I had to clean off the finger heart monitor because it had what I assumed to be blood on the wire by my hand. That scared me because what else did they not clean? 4 stars for that reason."- K.S. / Google / May 18, 2022
"My son had nothing but problems with one of his adult teeth since he was 7. First it was a cavity he had it filled then I was I was told that the dentist hadn't gotten all the cavity so they would have to fix it so they filled it again I was told the cavity was pretty deep so he would have sensitivity. He complained about it again I told him it was normal there was going to be some pain because they drilled deep it got to the point where he was crying over it and I knew it was more than tooth sensitivity so I took him back in and they said it was an infection they gave him some antibiotics and told me that would fix the problem. Two weeks later he was crying about it again so I took him back in he had another infection and they told me it was hurting cause the tooth on the bottom was pushing to hard into it so they ground it down and gave him more antibiotics and sent us on our way.6 months later he complained again we took him back in and they said it would be a good idea to do a root canal and refurred is to another dentist in Pueblo. I asked the same dentist why he had so many tooth infections and he told me that food was getting caught up under his tooth I asked him how do you prevent that from happy and he told me that you had to get all your yearly cleaning to prevent that. When we were refurred for a root canal I went to that doctor and I had been thinking what is a root canal going to do for his infections. That's what was causing pain so I talked to the dentist about pulling it and that a root canal was not going to fix his tooth in the long run and he said they don't pull adult teeth it causes issues in the long run. He refused to pull his tooth and sent me to an oral surgeon which is how I ended up at oral surgery specialists of Pueblo. I went in we had a consultation and he said there was no harm in pulling it. They pulled it and when he was done pulling it he informed me it was the right thing to do that the tooth had been dead for years and that I was right a root canal would not have fixed his issues it would have only made it a few years before having to have more tooth work done. He also informed me that his infections were due to them drilling so far down in his tooth that they trapped bacteria against the nerve and that was what was causing the infections. He was great with my son and stopped his 3 years of suffering and prevented another possible 2 years of suffering as well as a lot more money going to the dentist office for them trying to save that tooth thank you guys so much it was really spendy for getting a tooth pulled but thank you guys for being honest and helping him with his troublesome tooth ache."- S.H. / Google / May 12, 2022
"Dr. Eric Ringer and his office is one of the most kind and empathetic team I have ever worked with. As a patient with tremendous dental anxiety this is extremely important. Their treatment in the office and follow up show me that they truly care about their patients."- S.G. / Facebook / May 07, 2022
"How understanding can a place be when you're not only late you have to call for directions and they still put you in their schedule and they're still kind and they're still helpful,, they fit me in no problem everyone was kind and the doctor was incredibly honest what more could you want I give them a five star.. It has been one week since my last review... I had Surgery yesterday with the kindest professional man Dr Ben Bailey...I cannot believe one day, and I'm on top the world, and feeling better than ever.. Five star is not high enough, 11 is more like it.. Thanks to All..."- C.R. / Google / May 06, 2022
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What are Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer?
Detecting and treating oral cancer as soon as possible is critical in ensuring the best outcome and long-term health of our patients. Benign and malignant tumors or lesions can develop in the gums, the bottom of the mouth, tongue, soft/hard palates, and on the cheeks. Oral cancer most commonly arises as a lesion, cyst, sore, or bump inside or around the mouth. Other signs and symptoms may include unexplained bleeding, swelling, difficulty chewing, sore throat or feeling like something is in the back of the throat. Certain lifestyle habits and other factors may increase one's risk of acquiring oral cancer such as genetics, HPV (human papillomavirus), tobacco or substance abuse, and overall poor oral hygiene.
How Is Oral Pathology Diagnosed?
Prior to any treatment, a thorough oral cancer screening should be conducted by one of our seasoned oral specialists or your general dentist. Once this has been conducted, our team will perform a biopsy to determine your prognosis and from there begin developing a custom treatment plan. During a biopsy, local anesthesia is used and a small amount of tissue is shaved or removed from the suspicious lesion and sent to a pathology lab to be tested.
Not all abnormal lesions result in oral cancer but any suspicious sores or bumps should be assessed right away for optimal oral health and comfort. This also includes other signs and symptoms such as chronic bleeding, swelling, difficulty chewing, or soreness. During your consultation, we will examine your mouth and identify areas of pain or concern to determine the best treatment plan possible.
What Is the Treatment Process?
If the results of your biopsy are abnormal or anything suspicious was found during your oral cancer screening, our team will take digital x-rays and/or a scan (MRI) of the area to better understand your condition. After all your tests are complete, we will review your results with you and discuss all of your treatment options. If oral cancer has been confirmed, we typically recommend surgical excision. The stage and location of the cancerous cells will also determine your treatment. Typically, noncancerous tumors or lesions that are causing great pain or discomfort are also removed with surgical excision. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons are well versed in the latest tools and advanced techniques to safely and effectively treat oral cancer and benign tumors.
What Should I Do After an Oral Biopsy or Lesion Removal?
After your surgery, our team will review all post-operative instructions and at-home care routines with you before you are released to go home. It's important to adhere to all the instructions provided by our office to ensure optimal healing and results. Follow-up visits will also be scheduled so we can monitor and review your progress. Maintaining annual dental exams and bi-annual dental cleanings are essential in preserving the long-term health of your smile. Building healthy habits like routine brushing and flossing with also assist in optimal oral health. We may also recommend that you receive oral cancer screenings several times a year to ensure the best results possible.
Is Oral Pathology Treatment Covered by Insurance?
Some insurance companies may offer full or partial coverage depending on the provider and your specific plan. Our office will call your insurer to confirm your benefits and if there is any coverage available for oral pathology treatment. Once this is complete, we can calculate your out-of-pocket costs and discuss all your payment options. We want you to get the quality oral care you deserve, which is why our Pueblo practice offers flexible payment plans and accepts financing through CareCredit®.
Specialty Care for Oral Concerns
If you have noticed a suspicious lesion or lingering pain, we invite you to contact Oral Surgery Specialists of Pueblo to schedule a consultation right away. Our skilled specialists are exceptionally trained and experienced in identifying and treating oral cancer and other noncancerous concerns such as painful cysts or sores. Undergoing an oral cancer screening and biopsy can save your life and help improve your overall oral health for positive long-term results. Call our office in Pueblo, CO to schedule your oral cancer screening today.