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Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Oral Pathology

Symptoms and Treatment

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Welcome to Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta, where your oral health is our utmost concern. Under the proficient guidance of Drs. Aiken and Shessel, along with their dedicated team, we excel in offering superior care in the field of Oral Pathology.

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Introduction to Oral Pathology

Grasping the nuances of Oral Pathology involves exploring the intricate diseases affecting the mouth and its adjacent areas, including soft tissues, jawbones, and salivary glands, as well as understanding the diverse range of pathological processes impacting oral health. This dental science domain is key for identifying and analyzing oral diseases, highlighting the significance of detecting signs and symptoms early to develop successful treatment strategies. With oral health being essential to general health, the expertise and efforts of Drs. Aiken, Shessel, and their dedicated team at Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta play a critical role in educating both healthcare professionals and individuals. This empowers them to maintain excellent oral hygiene and address any concerns swiftly, ensuring overall well-being.

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Recognizing the Symptoms

Early detection of oral pathology is crucial for effective treatment. Some common symptoms include:

  • Lumps or Bumps: Any unexplained swelling or nodules within the mouth should be evaluated.
  • Discolorations: Unusual reddish or whitish patches inside the mouth may signal pathology.
  • Ulcerations: Sores that do not heal within a standard timeframe (a week or two) or that bleed easily need attention.
  • Shifting Teeth: Dramatic, unexplained changes in the alignment of teeth can also indicate underlying issues.

Seeking Professional Advice

Consulting Your Dentist

The first step in addressing potential oral pathologies is to schedule an appointment with your general dentist. Your dentist can assess your symptoms and may refer you to a specialist for further examination.

Direct Appointment Scheduling

While a referral from a dentist is common, it’s not always required to consult an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Patients are encouraged to directly seek evaluation if they notice symptoms that concern them.

Importance of Early Consultation

Due to the risk of complications and the need for potentially extensive surgical treatments, consulting a professional early on is vital. Although most oral pathologies are benign, a qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon’s examination is imperative for anyone experiencing symptoms.

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Comprehensive Evaluation

Should you exhibit any of the aforementioned symptoms, contacting an oral health professional for a consultation is recommended. During your visit, expect:

  • A Detailed Examination: A thorough head and neck examination will be conducted by professionals like Dr. Aiken or Dr. Shessel.
  • Diagnostic Tests: Radiographs and other diagnostic tools may be utilized to pinpoint any abnormalities.
  • Personalized Treatment Planning: Based on the findings, you and your doctor will discuss a tailored treatment plan to address your specific condition.Oral pathology is a broad field that encompasses various diseases affecting the mouth and adjacent areas. Recognizing symptoms early and consulting with a dental professional can lead to timely and effective treatment. Always prioritize your oral health by being vigilant about changes and seeking professional advice when necessary.