If you or your primary dentist notices any changes or discoloration of skin inside your mouth, you will most likely be referred to an oral & maxillofacial specialist, like Dr. Lombardo, for further examination. We’ll take a close look at the concerning areas and use our state-of-the-art equipment to examine, diagnose, and develop a treatment plan to get you back to optimal oral health.
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:
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 is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause may also be at risk for oral cancer.
We 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.
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A Note to our Patients about Coronavirus COVID-19
Our patient’s health, and the health of our team is of the utmost importance and we encourage everyone to remain vigilant. As we continue to actively monitor developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19) we want to assure you that we are taking all necessary health and safety precautions in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state health officials.
Under the advisement of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Board and federal and local government officials, our practice will close effective 3/20/2020 and all appointments will be automatically cancelled until further notice. A member of our staff will call to reschedule your appointment once we return to the office. We will be available on an emergency basis to assist our patients if needed. We appreciate your trust in our practice and look forward to treating our patients as soon as it is safe to resume normal operations.
We hope everyone remains safe as we navigate through this challenging time together.
Dr. Gregg Lombardo
And the team at Gregg A. Lombardo, DDS.