Oral Pathology

St. Petersburg Oral Surgery & Dental Implants  FL

The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:

  • Reddish patches (erythroplakia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) 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 in chewing or swallowing.

These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology, and is not often 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.

We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly and remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us so we may help.

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Patient Review By ANGELA H

Dr. Forts assistant Tasha as well as other office staff were incredible . The office had a minor delay from a previous procedure , they some technical issue with lights in one of their exam rooms ,New staff member , and a couple call outs for that day. Despite all of that you would have never thought any of the above was going on . I only knew of the above mentioned as we were making small talk as she was prepping me for my procedure and waiting for Dr. Fort. She was warm. friendly, had a positive attitude. she was not rushing around like a chicken w/ its head cut off, although In her head she may have been. The entire office appeared to being running smooth and efficiently despite everything. I work in the medical field myself so I know the kind of day they truly were having and yet you could not tell at all. It takes a special kind of person (Tasha) and staff to provide the care you guys did on this day .Also very appreciative to have received a phone call from Dr. Fort himself that evening to check up on me and even though I missed his call he left a message . Dr. Fort and his staff are incredible . I'm so thankful .

- ANGELA H

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