Your dentist or physician may refer you to St. Louis County Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to further evaluate any abnormalities of the oral tissues that were detected during their exam. The most serious of these is oral cancer, which has a much higher chance of being successfully treated when it is identified early. We may also detect other diseases such as jaw cysts or tumors; lesions of the lips, cheeks, tongue, and palate; and salivary gland disorders. The following signs may signal a pathological process or cancerous growth:
If you notice any of these symptoms, we encourage you to contact our office for a thorough exam. We may use several types of diagnostic techniques, including a clinical exam, radiographs, or CT scans. If a lesion needs to be removed, we will send it for microscopic diagnosis.