Oral Pathologies

Dr. Luque treats patients with benign and malignant cysts and tumors and infections of the oral cavity, salivary glands, jaws, and neck. During the course of a regular check up, Dr. Luque will thoroughly inspect the soft tissue of the mouth and take serious note of any changes or issues. Some conditions treated at the Center include:

  • Odontogenic cysts.
  • Odontogenic tumors.
  • Amleoblastoma.
  • Odontogenic keratocyst.
  • Central Giant Cell Lesions.
  • Cherubism.
  • Fibrous Dysplasia.
  • Tongue Cancer.
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma.
  • Sialolithiasis/Salivary gland stones.
  • Pleomorphic adenoma.
  • Warthins Tumor.
  • Salivary gland tumors.
  • Oral Cancer.

In the majority of cases, the pathological changes experienced in the oral region are uncomfortable and disfiguring, but not life threatening. However, oral cancer is on the rise (especially among men) and the chances of survival are around 80% if an early diagnosis is made.

Oral cancer refers to any type of cancer affecting the tongue, jaw, and lower cheek area. Since it is impossible for the dentist to decisively diagnose a pathological disease without taking a biopsy sample of the affected area, seeking immediate treatment when changes are first noticed is critical.

An oral cancer screening is usually performed during a comprehensive exam. Screening is painless and only takes a few minutes. Dr. Luque will use a laser light to assess the soft tissue for cell changes that might be indicative of oral cancer. If such cell changes are present, a small biopsy will be taken and sent to a laboratory for review. If the biopsy indicates that oral cancer is present, an excision (removal) will generally be performed.