There are a wide variety of diseases that affect your oral and maxillofacial areas, including your mouth, teeth, tongue, lips, throat, neck, or face. Dr. Aidan Phan and Dr. Stephen Chan have the specialized training and experience to effectively diagnose and treat these diseases. This is known as oral pathology.

What is oral pathology?

Oral pathology is the diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases, including:

  • Infections in the oral cavity or salivary glands
  • Tumors, both benign and malignant
  • Cysts
  • Other soft tissue diseases

Your primary doctor or dentist may refer you to us if they find a pathologic lesion or suspect you may have an oral tumor.

What is a pathologic lesion?

Any bump, lump, or other change in the structure of the soft tissues in your mouth can be described as a pathologic lesion. The most serious example of a pathologic lesion is oral cancer, but there are many other types of lesions that are more common and less dangerous.

Though pathologic lesions can cause some discomfort, many are not serious or life-threatening with proper treatment. Our surgeons and our team undergo extensive training and ongoing education to identify and treat pathologic lesions and oral cancers.

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer includes any malignant, or cancerous, growth found on the inner cheek, tongue, jaw, throat, or hard or soft palate. Several types of pathologic lesions may be visible, but a biopsy is required to confirm whether oral cancer is the diagnosis.

When identified and treated in early stages, oral cancer has a survival rate over 80 percent. Regular oral cancer screenings are crucial for ensuring early diagnosis.

If needed, our surgeons can perform surgical removal of oral cancers, as well as providing follow-up care. If any cosmetic or reconstructive treatments are needed following oral cancer surgery, we will provide a personalized plan for your needs. Appropriate sedation or anesthesia will be utilized as needed to ensure your comfort.

Our compassionate team is here for you through every step of your oral cancer treatment. If you are concerned about a lesion in your mouth or if it’s been more than a year since your last oral cancer screening, contact our team today.