Using oral pathology, Dr. Samuel Yee DDS can determine if there is abnormal tissue in your mouth, and diagnose your exact dental problem. Oral pathology involves a close examination of the soft tissues of your mouth. When there are changes or areas that look unusual, our dentist takes a biopsy (a small sample) of the affected area for analysis. After the results arrive, we can determine a treatment to meet your needs. Call Samuel Yee DDS INC at 949-831-3111 to learn more about oral pathology in Aliso Viejo, California, and schedule an appointment with our dentist.
Oral pathology is a helpful tool in identifying a number of oral diseases. Most oral diseases are indicated by changes in the color or texture of the soft tissue of the mouth. These changes may occur on the face, neck, gums, tongue, lips, or other orofacial areas. Common types of pathological problems include:
- Geographic tongue – a condition where the tongue is missing small bumps in different areas, and map-like condition develops. This condition is characterized by red patches which may come and go between hours to months at a time.
- Median palatal cyst – cysts are essentially a fluid-filled skin sac. They usually appear in the middle of the palate.
- Hairy tongue – an overgrowth of bacteria or a yeast infection in the mouth which causes the tongue to appear hairy or black. This is usually the result of poor oral hygiene, chronic or extensive use of antibiotics, or radiation treatments to the head or neck.
- Oral cancer – oral cancer refers to any type of cancer affecting the tongue, jaw, and lower cheek area.
When you visit Samuel Yee DDS INC for your routine exams, Dr. Samuel Yee DDS will check for any signs of abnormal soft tissue in your mouth, and perform a biopsy as needed. Call us today to make your appointment and learn more about oral pathology. We are dedicated to helping you maintain good oral health.