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Restoring Your Health - and Your Peace of Mind - with Oral Cancer Surgery


Woman undergoing oral examinationA diagnosis of oral cancer can be very alarming, but rest assured that it is highly treatable. As with any disease, successful treatment is largely dependent upon early diagnosis and an aggressive care plan. As part of our focus on total body health, the specialists at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates can screen for signs of oral cancer. Whether you have received a cancer diagnosis and are seeking a surgeon's opinion, or feel concerned about a suspicious lesion or other symptom, our team can help. We can also refer you to a local doctor if your condition necessitates oral cancer surgery. Contact our Montgomery practice to schedule a consultation with one of our compassionate, highly trained doctors today. 

Detecting Disease

Effective prevention begins with regular self-examinations. Once a month, you should visually examine and feel your cheeks, tongue, lips, and gums for unusual bumps or persistent lesions that are red or white, or bleed easily. A sore throat or difficulty swallowing can also be indications of oral cancer. Additionally, you should visit your dentist twice a year for comprehensive oral examinations, which should include an oral cancer screening. You can reduce your chances of developing oral cancer by adopting healthy lifestyle habits, like avoiding tobacco products and excessive alcohol consumption. 

The presence of cancerous tissue is typically confirmed performing a biopsy, or analysis of a small tissue sample. A 3D scan (CATSCAN) may also be used to view areas of your soft tissue that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Our advanced diagnostic tools can help us identify and properly diagnose oral cancer, even in the very earliest stages of development.

The Procedure

Oral cancer surgery is individualized based upon a number of factors, including the location of your cancer, the proximity of your cancer to vital organs, and its stage of development. 

Examples of surgeries used to restore health to the jaw, tongue, and lip include:

  • Mohs surgery: Also known as micrographic surgery, this procedure removes very thin layers of tissue from tumors on the lip. Consecutive layers are examined under a microscope until no cancerous cells are present. 
  • Partial or total glossectomy: This surgery is designed to remove cancer growths from the tongue. 
  • Tumor resection: This operation may be recommended to treat tumorous growths of varying sizes in varying locations. Your surgeon will remove the entire tumor along with a small amount of surrounding healthy tissue to ensure that no cancerous cells remain.
  • Mandibulectomy: If cancer has affected the jawbone, your surgeon can remove the affected bony tissue. Afterward, bone grafting may be performed to restore lost bone mass. 

During your procedure, your surgeon will take every measure to ensure your complete comfort through a combination of sedation and anesthesia options. For less invasive surgery, localized anesthetic may be sufficient to minimize any discomfort. Advanced surgical techniques allow your surgical team to preserve the greatest amount of healthy, surrounding oral structures. Ultimately, the extent of your treatment will be determined by the stage of your condition. 

Schedule an Appointment Today

Facing an oral cancer diagnosis can be a very challenging situation, but our team has helped many patients overcome this condition. Trust your care to experts in the field. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about how oral cancer surgery can help you. 

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