Oral Pathology

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 pathological 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 and/or 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 curiously, 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.

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My name is Joe St.George. My mother Carole just had her tooth pulled last week.Her dentist sent her to your office in Joliet. She was in pain and could notwait to go else where. She said this location was new and just starting out. She was charged $400. She was charged $100 for a consulting fee. She already had an xray. I'm curious as to how sitting in a chair and asking what kind of anestetic you want justify's $100? My mother does not have dental and is living on my deceased fathers pension, which was cut in half when he passed and his social security. She stopped there today because her bill said $300 total not balance and mentioned no consultation fee. The first day she was there she was charged $100 so she thought her bill on the day of the surgery would be $200 not $300. The consultation wording and charge was added on the day her tooth was pulled. I think it is insane to charge a senior citizen $400 to pull her tooth, ESPECIALLY ONE WITHOUT DENTAL INSURANCE. HER MEDICARE AND HER INSURANCE DOES NOT COVER DENTAL LIKE MOST. The person she spoke to today could care less so I will be reporting this ti the BBB.

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