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Biopsy

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 pathologic 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
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

Oral cancer screenings are part of your regular exam. Dr. Mangelson would suggest a biopsy for any suspicious lesions.

Changes may be noted on the lips, cheeks, palate, 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 be at risk for oral cancer.

Dr. Mangelson recommends performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly. It is essential to note that your mouth is one of your body's most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. If you have a concern or see something that you think is abnormal or different for your mouth please contact our office and Dr. Mangelson will evaluate the area of concern.

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I have been a patient of Dr. Mangelson since 1992. I appreciate the warm welcome after my 261 mile drive to my periodontist in Salt Lake City, Utah from Ely, Nevada. Dr. Mark Mangelson's exper...

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