Oral Pathology – Carmel Valley | Del Mar | San Diego

Oral Cancer Screening

The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is moist, smooth, and pink in color. 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 of the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:

  • Red and/or white patches in the mouth or other color changes.
  • 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, swallowing, speaking or moving jaw or tongue.
  • A painful spot or area that does note resolve within 2 weeks.

Changes may 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 is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain or even numbness without an obvious cause or reason may be at risk for an oral pathologic condition.

Oral cancer occurs most often in those who use tobacco. Alcohol use in combination with smoking greatly increases the risk. Oral cancer can also occur in people who do not smoke or have other risk factors. Exposure to the sun increases the chance of lip cancer. Sun damaged lips should be carefully monitored for lip cancer.

We 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. Your general dentist and/or dental hygienist will typically screen you at your semi-annual exams. They may refer you to an oral & maxillofacial surgeon for further examination and evaluation. Any suspicious areas should be biopsied and submitted for oral microscopic examination for a definitive diagnosis. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

For more information about Oral Pathology or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sidal, call our Carmel Valley & Del Mar office in San Diego, CA at Scripps Medical Building, Carmel Valley Phone Number 858-793-3393.

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Patient Review by William M

Dr Sidal and his staff are excellent. Tongue biopsy is painful but Dr Sidal did everything possible to minimize the discomfort. His pre and post operation information is very well written and very helpful. Dr Sidal called me the evening after the procedure to see how I was doing. From the receptionist to his nursing staff, all are professional and very helpful. Thank you Dr Sidal and staff.

- William M

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Patient Review by Andrew C

Excellent skill and service. Would highly recommend!

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Patient Review by Tyler H

Friendly staff, easy scheduling, and a quick procedure

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Patient Review by Phil G

Happy with my procedure and outcome.

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Patient Review by Kayla B

Our whole experience with Dr Sidal and his staff was great. We would highly recommend him for your needs.

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Patient Review by Barbara M

The patience and kindness of the staff and Dr. Sidal are the best I have experienced. Wouldn't hesitate referring him.

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Patient Review by Rob H

All good. Great DDSMD and staff.

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Patient Review by Naaree C

Friendly staff. Dr. Sidal is excellent at what he does; performed my surgery in professional and efficient manner. Would definitely recommend for those who need to see an oral surgeon.

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Patient Review by Stephanie W

Dr. Sidal, Susan and the entire team are awesome! Thank you so very much for taking such excellent care of my daughter. Your patience, expertise and level of care is exceptional.

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