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 (erythroplasia) 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.

We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly. Remember that your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us so we can assist you with any questions or concerns. 

Bristol Oral Surgery & Implant Center

5 out of 5 stars based on 13 Oral Pathology reviews.

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Friendly and hopeful and they had pink nail polish lol

- John L

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Very glad my dentist referred me to this office.

- Dale B

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Would recommend this office and doctor to everyone I know. Great, friendly, caring environment.

- Christine G

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- Jamie G

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- Angela F

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Very professional, friendly and courteous with a little bit of humor

- John K

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Dr. Fenton and staff are very courteous, professional and caring. This is a super comfortable place if you are in need of oral surgery. I highly recommend this doctor and staff.

- Jennifer B

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Great experience from start to finish.

- Tracy M

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Dr. Fenton & the entire staff are excellent! They made me feel at ease and made this a positive experience

- Danielle C

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- Donna B

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- andy k

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good

- dan hayden f

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Loved it... but hope we don't have any other issues and don't have to come back for a visit! 🙂

- Kaitlin S

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