Oral cancer, which can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, the hard and soft palate, sinuses, and throat, can be life threatening if not detected and treated early. If you notice any of the following signs of oral cancer, we urge you to schedule a dental biopsy in San Juan Capistrano, California:
- Lumps, swellings, rough spots, or eroded areas
- White and red patches
- Unexplained bleeding in the mouth
- Numbness or tenderness in the face, mouth, or neck
- Sores that bleed easily and do not heal within 2 weeks
- Soreness in the throat
- Persistent feeling that something is caught in the back of the throat
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or speaking
- Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
- Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- Ear pain
- A change in your bite
- Dramatic weight loss
A biopsy is used to diagnose mouth or throat cancer. Our dentist will remove cells or tissues from the lips, oral cavity, or oropharynx and view them under a microscope. Dr. Scott G. Lamming will then determine whether or not the cells are cancerous.
If you have any questions about oral cancer and biopsies, or if you would like to schedule your next appointment, we welcome you to call the office of Scott G. Lamming, DDS today!