Each of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons is experienced in maxillofacial pathology which examines, diagnoses and treats cysts, tumors (benign and malignant), and other diseases of the jaw, head, and neck.
Maxillofacial diseases can be caused by a variety of conditions including hereditary issues such as vascular malformations, to conditions such as oral, throat, and mouth cancer. Approximately 50,000 people are diagnosed each year in the United States with oral, head and neck cancers.
Oral and pharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and upper throat) can be devastating. These types of cancer include mouth cancer, tongue and jaw cancer. Oral cancer affects twice as many men than women and claims 9,750 lives annually.
Risk factors for oral cancer include tobacco and alcohol use (this increases when the substances are used together) and HPV16 infection. Tanning or prolonged sun exposure increases the risk for lip cancer. Other risk factors for oral, head and neck cancer and disease include chronic physical trauma, poor oral hygiene, infectious diseases, and poor nutrition.
Don’t wait if you are experiencing any of the signs of oral cancer or disease. Contact your dentist or doctor right away and ask for a referral to our offices. Our team of doctors and staff want to make sure you have the best care as quickly as possible.