S. Kirk Vincent, D.D.S.

Oral and Maxillofacial surgery office in Lawrence, KS. Dr. Vincent has been serving the community since 1987, offering tooth removal, wisdom tooth extraction, implants, oral pathology and bone grafting.

Oral Pathology

The mouth is lined with a special type of skin known as mucosa. This skin should be smooth and pink in color. Changes in the appearance of this skin could be a warning sign of pathologic activity, the most severe stage being cancerous. The following can be symptoms of pathologic processes:

  • Thickening of skin or lumps on the inside of the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Chronic hoarseness
  • Sores that easily bleed or fail to heal
  • Reddish or Whitish patches
  • Difficulty chewing and/or swallowing

The changes listed above can be detected in the lips, tongue, cheeks, gum tissue, face, and/or neck. Pain can be felt with some of these pathologies but is not necessarily an indication of cancerous lesions.  Any patient experiencing these symptoms and/or pain may be at risk for cancer. We recommend regular self exams of your mouth to look for potential risks. If any of these occur please seek the advice of a dental professional.