Oral Surgery & Implant Specialists

Four Offices Serving the Tri-State Area of lowa, Nebraska & South Dakota
Dr. T.J. Holton, Dr. P.J. Vezeau, Dr. C.E. Norby, Dr. J.S. Dean & Dr. J.E. Dye

Oral Pathology

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have received extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of both benign and malignant conditions that occur in the oral cavity and head and neck region.

What are some of the common conditions that we diagnose and treat?

• Cysts and tumors of the jawbones

• Salivary gland disorders

• Non healing ulcers

• Skin cancer

• Oral and facial infections

What happens if I get referred for an evaluation?

Your surgeon will perform a thorough history and physical exam with a focus on the area of concern, and if appropriate, recommend a biopsy. This biopsy may consist of removal of the entire lesion, or only a small part of the lesion to obtain a diagnosis depending on the size and behavior of the lesion.

The specimen will be sent to a laboratory staffed by general or oral and maxillofacial pathologists for evaluation and diagnosis.
You can rest assured that we work with a team of experienced, board certified pathologists to assure accuracy in diagnosis for our patients.

What are Signs of maxillofacial diseases?

Your gums should normally look smooth and coral pink in color. If you notice a change in this appearance, it could be an early development of a pathological process. The most serious pathological disease is oral cancer. Here are some signs that could indicate the beginning of a pathologic process or cancer:

• White and red patches in the mouth

• Sores that bleed easily or fail to heal

• Thickening or a lump on your gums inside your mouth

• Difficulty swallowing or chewing

• Constant sore throat or rasping

You can notice these changes on your cheeks, lips, face, neck, tongue, palate, and gum tissue around your teeth. You may not experience pain with these signs. You should never ignore these types of suspicious areas. Contact us immediately if you notice changes in and around your mouth.

Oral and Maxillofacial Reconstruction

If you have undergone surgical treatment for a benign or malignant tumor, you have numerous options for reconstruction. Due to their extensive training and experience in facial reconstruction, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon can help return the function and quality of life that was lost.

Our experience allows us to design a procedure specifically to your needs. This can include both bone and soft tissue reconstruction. We can also work closely with your dentist and other specialists to restore your form and function.

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