Oral Pathology

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Oral Pathology in Edson

What is Oral Pathology?

Oral Pathology is the process of screening for, and diagnosing oral disease. Regular screening for oral cancer is important. Daily observation at home combined with professional screenings during regular dental visits are the key to early detection and successful treatment for most oral cancers. Educate yourself, ask your dentist questions and share your knowledge with loved ones.

How can I screen for signs of oral cancer at home?

Ask your dentist about at-home screening for oral cancer. We can help educate you and your family members about preventing oral cancer, such as what, and where, to watch for the early signs of cancer in and around your mouth. Home screening is easily done during your daily brushing and flossing routine.

Oral Screening


Checking for oral cancer


Stay Ahead of Oral Disease

What do the early signs of oral cancer look like?

If you or a family member notice an abnormality, such as a sore that won’t heal, a lump, or an off-colored patch anywhere in or around your mouth, you should be seen by your dentist as soon as possible. Seeing your dentist regularly for check ups and professional cleanings will help ensure any changes in your oral health are detected and treated as soon as possible.

What is an oral biopsy?

An oral biopsy is a simple procedure where a sample of the suspect tissue in your mouth is collected and sent away to be tested for abnormalities. The tissue sample is observed under a microscope in a lab and, through a series of tests, is identified as cancerous or not.

Does an oral biopsy procedure require sedation?

The need for sedation during an oral biopsy is determined on an individual basis. Sedation may be offered to the patient who is experiencing high anxiety about a dental procedure, or if the biopsy is to be performed during the course of another dental treatment that requires sedation. For most oral biopsies, local anesthesia is offered as a means to allow the patient maximum comfort during the procedure. All dental services provided by a general dentist.

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