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5002 Foote Rd.
Medina, OH 44256
United States

330-725-8449

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, Drs. Richard Benninger, Gary Schween, and Brian Schmidt, practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery in Medina, Strongsville, and Wadsworth, Ohio.

In addition to wisdom tooth removal and dental implant surgery, other areas of expertise include corrective jaw surgery, treatment of facial injuries, bone grafting, impacted canine removal, pre-prosthetic surgery, oral pathology, and anesthesia.

 

Oral Pathology

Drs. Benninger, Schween, and Schmidt provide oral pathology to help diagnose abnormalities in the mouth and surrounding areas. 

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

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. Remember that the mouth is one of the body's most important warning systems. Suspicious lumps or sores should be evaluated immediately. Please contact us so we may help.


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