Oral Pathology

Oral pathology refers to everything from a sore or lesion in the mouth to an abnormal growth in the jaws and more, so it's important to have any changes evaluated by an oral surgeon.

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The term oral pathology encompasses any form of infection or disease in the mouth, jaws, and salivary glands. Examples of oral pathology include oral herpes, red and white lesions, strep throat, oral cancer, and many more. Many oral pathologies are not accompanied by painful symptoms; however, it is still important to get any sign of an oral pathology examined and treated right away. Most oral pathologies are non-cancerous, but it's always better to be safe than sorry.

At Oral Surgery Hawaii, our oral surgeons are extensively trained in the treatment of all oral and facial afflictions, including pathological processes. Hear from our other patients about the high-quality and compassionate care that we provide when you come in for the diagnosis and/or treatment of an oral pathology. Watching the testimonials below is a great way to prepare for treatment and learn what to expect as a patient.

If you notice any irregularities in the look or feel of your mouth’s lining, Oral Surgery Hawaii offers oral pathology screenings and treatments at our offices in Honolulu, Aiea, and Kaneohe, HI. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts at diagnosing and treating a wide variety of oral diseases, including infections, oral cancer, cysts, and more.

The best way to prevent oral and maxillofacial pathology is to maintain regular oral hygiene habits and have regular oral exams with a dental professional. It’s also a good idea to use a mirror to take a look at the inside of your mouth every once in a while, including under your tongue and on the roof of your mouth, so that you notice any sudden changes. If you or your dentist see any unusual coloration or growths, you may be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for a biopsy or diagnosis. Your oral surgeon will be able to form a treatment plan based on your condition.


Regular oral exams are very important because the earliest signs of an oral disease aren’t always painful or even uncomfortable. The following are a few of the most common symptoms of oral and maxillofacial pathology:

  • Reddish or whitish patches on the tongue, cheeks, or lining of the mouth
  • Sores that won’t heal or won’t stop bleeding
  • Thickening of the lining of the mouth or the appearance of lumps in the mouth or neck
  • A chronic sore throat or difficulty swallowing
  • Swelling that gets worse and won’t go down


The symptoms listed above can be signs of any of the following conditions:

  • Oral infections
  • Cysts or ulcers
  • Salivary gland disease
  • Tonsillitis or strep throat
  • Oral cancer

Our oral surgeons can evaluate your condition to help you determine whether or not you are experiencing an oral pathology. Your surgeon will develop a treatment plan that fits your needs. Sometimes treatments are as simple as taking a round of antibiotics. In more complicated cases, such as oral cancer, our surgeons can surgically remove cancerous tissue and perform reconstructive surgery to preserve the appearance of your jaw and face.


Oral Surgery Hawaii offers evaluation and treatment for oral diseases. We provide high-quality oral surgery services for patients all over Hawaii. If you have any questions about oral pathology treatments, feel free to contact one of our offices for more information. One of our staff members will be happy to assist you.