Oral Pathology

Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants – Grand Rapids & Rockford MI

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.


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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.

Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants

5 out of 5 stars based on 4 Oral Pathology reviews.

Patient Review By Timothy C

Much nicer experience than what I anticipated.

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Patient Review By Robert S

Excellent service and care

- Robert S

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Patient Review By Mary W

I was so nervous but everyone in the office was calm and non judgmental. The office called me the next day to check on me, I had no issues with the biopsy site at all! If anyone is fearful about dental procedures, this is the office for you! I really can't say enough about how good they are!

- Mary W

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Patient Review By Megan F

I would definitely recommend Grand Rapids Oral Surgery and Dr. Billups. They eased my anxiety and were very informative. I received a call the day after my biopsy to check on how I was doing, which I thought was great!

- Megan F

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