Oral Diseases and Infections

Oral Cancer
Cancer screening and biopsy of tissue is a routine part of an oral surgery practice.  Fortunately, damage to bones and soft tissues caused by oral cancer can often be reconstructed surgically.

If you or your dentist notice any lumps, sores, or discolorations in your mouth, it is important to have them evaluated.  The following can be signs of a possible pathological process or cancerous growth:

  • Reddish or white patches in the mouth
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • A lump on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
  • Thickening of the skin lining the inside of the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing

For videos and additional information about pathology, visit AAOMS/Pathology.


Patients are referred to Dr. Goeckermann to diagnose and treat pain and swelling in the face, neck or jaws.  These are often symptoms of an infection, which can sometimes develop into a life-threatening emergency if not treated promptly and effectively. Surgical treatment, if needed, may include draining the infected area and surgically eliminating the source of the infection.