Philip J. Conforti, D.D.S.
Raymond J. Gambardella, D.M.D.
Michael P. Johnson, D.M.D.
Bryan T. Meriam, D.D.S.
Robert J. Parker, D.M.D.
James P. Scialabba, D.M.D.

The doctors at Hamden-Shoreline Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from implant reconstructive surgery, to corrective jaw surgery and wisdom tooth removal.
Hamden-Shoreline
Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgery Associates, P.C.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

The doctors at Hamden-Shoreline Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, P.C. are well trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of various conditions affecting the head and neck including jaw cysts and tumors, salivary gland conditions, and hard and soft tissue conditions of the mouth.

The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:

  • Reddish patches (erythroplakia) or whitish patches (leukoplakia) in the mouth
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
  • A recent change in your bite
  • Lumps or sores on the face, jaw or neck, or in the mouth

These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, jaws, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology, and curiously, is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.

We would recommend performing an oral cancer self-examination monthly and remember that your mouth is one of your body's most important warning systems. Do not ignore suspicious lumps or sores. Please contact us so we may help.

2560 Dixwell Ave.
Suite 2A
Hamden, CT 06514
(203) 281-3737
87 State St.
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 453-4381
8 East Main St.
Suite 201
Clinton, CT 06413
(860) 669-3758
850 North Main St. Ext
Bldg 1 Suite 1D
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 678-4200