Tri-Cities Oral & Facial Surgery

Symptoms and Treatment

Irregularities of the mouth are often noticed by your dentist first, and they may refer you to an oral surgeon for further evaluation. Panoramic X-rays can pick up on bony pathologies that are not visible from the outside and are recommended every two years. Your oral surgeon may recommend a CT scan of the lesion to get more information prior to recommending any treatment. There are also changes you may notice yourself when looking at your teeth, gums, tongue, or palate. Symptoms that should not be overlooked include:

  • Changes in the color of your gums or the lining of your mouth (mucosa), such as the appearance of red or white patches
  • Pain, tenderness, or swelling in your mouth or lips
  • Thick or rough patches of skin in your mouth
  • Numbness of your lips, chin, tongue, or cheeks
  • Ulcers or sores that bleed or do not seem to heal
  • Trouble chewing, swallowing, or speaking
  • Chronic hoarseness or sore throat

A biopsy is typically performed to achieve a tissue diagnosis and determine whether lesions are benign or malignant. Treatment can vary depending on the results. Oftentimes, these lesions are benign and may resolve on their own or be treated with medication or surgery. More serious cases may be referred to an oncologist or other specialist for treatment.

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Tri-Cities Oral & Facial Surgery Dental Implants & Wisdom Teeth in Richland, WA

Richland | Pasco | Kennewick

Tri-Cities Oral & Facial Surgery is proud to serve patients throughout Richland, Pasco and Kennewick, WA and surrounding areas. We offer a wide range of oral surgery services including dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, tooth extractions, and bone grafting, as well as sedation options to enhance your safety and comfort. Centrally located in Richland, WA near Pasco and Kennewick, WA, we are the convenient practice to visit for your wisdom teeth, dental implant and other oral surgery needs.