Oral Disease Detection and Treatment

new patient exam

On your first visit to our practice, you will receive a thorough exam to detect any signs of oral diseases, including oral cancer.

Effective diagnosis and treatment of oral tissue problems

Dr. Hodges will conduct an oral tissue inspection as part of every new patient’s first exam. For continuing patients, they repeat the inspection every six months.

During the inspection, the doctor looks closely for any tissue abnormality that could be evidence of disease needing further investigation and possible treatment. This includes possible signs of oral cancer.

Treatments we can do in our office

As well as oral cancer screening, we can treat oral conditions such as dry mouth, mouth ulcers, and tissue sensitivity. We use topical applications, antibiotics or special oral care products.

Evidences of oral cancer

Following are some conditions that can be signs of oral cancer:

  • bluish-gray, white or red spots in your mouth that do not go away when rubbed
  • an ulcer that bleeds and has not healed for several weeks
  • a growth or bump on your oral tissue
  • a recent rapid shift of tooth position that has changed your bite
  • unusual lumps in your soft tissue or gums
  • pain or difficulty swallowing, chewing or speaking
  • hoarseness which has lasted a long time
  • numbness in the oral region of the face

Call us to make an appointment if you notice any of these.

To make an appointment, call our Rockwall 972-771-8640 or Paris 903-785-4832 office, or click here to request an appointment online.

Skilled and experienced detection

Our doctors are experienced and skilled at recognizing tissue that gives evidence of disease. They will take the actions necessary to make an accurate diagnosis so proper treatment, if needed, can be determined and delivered.

Thorough inspection and evaluation

The doctor closely inspects the oral tissues inside and outside your mouth and looks for any abnormality in your tissues. They look visually and use their hands to feel the surfaces. On any abnormality the doctor finds, he or she first checks for a verifiable cause, such as recent injury to the tissue or a known recent illness that would lead to what they see.

Medical records and X-rays consulted

Where needed, the doctor reviews your medical records for further information on conditions which may have led to the discovered abnormality. He or she also looks at your X-rays to see the abnormality in more detail and to help establish cause.

3D CT scans

Sometimes a lump is found which goes below the surface of the tissue. If the full dimensions of it cannot be verified by touch or by looking at the X-rays, the doctor will use our cone beam 3D CT scanner and scan the area of the lump. The scan produces a three-dimensional, 360º image of the lump, allowing them to accurately determine the size and shape of the growth.

When a biopsy is ordered

After all needed inspections are completed, there may be an abnormality for which no known non-threatening cause can be determined, and which shows evidence of a possible serious disease. In this case, the doctor will numb the general area of the abnormality and gently remove a small sample of the affected tissue. That sample will be sent to a biopsy lab for full analysis.

Prompt notification of results

You will be promptly notified of the results once the biopsy has been completed. Hopefully, the results will show no problem at all or at least nothing serious.

If the doctor’s initial inspection or the biopsy results show something non-threatening that needs treatment, many times the doctor can treat it in our office.

We will get you to an outside specialist if needed

If the biopsy shows something serious that demands an outside specialist, the doctor will inform you of what has been discovered and refer you immediately to a competent specialist who can take care of the condition effectively.

To make an appointment, call our Rockwall 972-771-8640 or Paris 903-785-4832 office, or click here to request an appointment online.