Oral Pathology

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 pathological 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 and/or 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 your mouth is one of your body’s most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us so we can assist you with any questions or concerns. Prescott Oral & Implant Surgery Phone Number 928-778-5527

Prescott Oral & Implant Surgery

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Doctor Kevin Rethman is the consummate professional. I moved to Arizona five years ago and with the need of considerable dental work I went about finding a dentist in my new town. I "interviewed" several local dentists until I met Dr. Rethman. I knew immediately that he was to be my new man. From the warm reception by his staff to the actual meeting of Dr. Rethman, I knew I was in the best of hands. Dr. Rethman reminds me of my own father, the one man MD in my home town of Northport, New York. My dad charged $3 for a drop in office visit for years in the 40's. He finally had to increase his fee to $5 and I remember when he put up the sign, that he felt so bad about it. Dr. Rethman is cut from a similar mold. His exceptionally fair fees only amaze, when you consider his consummate expertise, his professionalism, and his genuine humanity.

- Alan D

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I would highly recommend this practice to anyone in need of compassionate and competent care.

- Henry D

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If it must be done, this is where to do it.

- Ron M

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I thoroughly enjoyed my last visit with the Dr. and staff and they were especially gentle and I was completely relaxed with the procedure. Looking forward to my next required follow-up with everyone (this after surgery) Really never had such an enjoyable visit "to the dentist."

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