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Smyrna

366 S Lowry St, Smyrna
TN 37167

615-220-5525

Spring Hill

5226 Main St., Suite C-7
Spring Hill, TN 37174

615-302-3383

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 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 swallowin

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 and 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 may help.

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My bottom wisdom teeth were at that time they needed to be removed due to the pain it was causing my jaw. I kept putting it off because of my previous bad experience. I came to see Dr. Doctora nervous and preparing myself for two weeks of down time but I had a great experience with him. There was no stitching and no down time. I was back to eating in less than 3 days. He explained everything in detail and guided me patiently. His staff made me feel welcomed and comfortable. His professionalism and customer service has changed my perspective on oral surgery.

Had my 4 wisdom teeth pulled out today for the 1st time with Dr. Doctora and I felt absolutely no pain during the surgery. I feel great at home now and his staff was so kind at explaining the procedure to me!

Phone: (615) 220-5525

366 South Lowry St., Smyrna, TN 37167