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 which is oral cancer. These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face and/or neck.
Lumps, bumps, or changes in the character or quality of the tissue should be properly evaluated. We often remove suspicious growths in their entirety. Other times, just a small sample is removed for diagnosis. The oral cavity can often give clues to other systemic issues, as such, a thorough periodic oral exam is of paramount importance. Never ignore suspicious lumps or sores.
At Lincoln Park Institute, we offer advanced cancer screening and biopsy procedures. We evaluate every oral and facial lesion microscopically. We treat most cases to completion in our office. When necessary, we refer certain cases to other doctors for additional care.