Oral Pathology

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 pathological process or cancerous growth:

  • Reddish patches (erythroplasia) 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 and/or difficulty in chewing or swallowing

These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, 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. 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 can assist you with any questions or concerns. 

Midwest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

5 out of 5 stars based on 11 Oral Pathology reviews

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I had a wonderful experience visiting my oral surgeon, Dr Gauger, from Sandy at the front desk to all of his assistants. They made me feel very comfortable and I was impressed with everyone’s professional yet welcoming and human personalities. I’ve had an excellent result from my sinus lift and implant. Thanks everyone!

- Pat H

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The whole staff here is awesome and very welcoming all the time. I had double jaw surgery and Dr. Cudney made me feel comfortable the whole time before and after the surgery. He was very detailed and made sure I came out with the best smile possible. For follow up care they were very responsive and checking in on me and always answering mine and my parents questions. Truly the best in the business. I walk around happy and confident in my smile everyday thanks to Dr. Cudney and his staff!

- Kevin M

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The welcoming and greeting to the office by Ms. Sandy was impressive, she answered all our questions and ensured that our x-rays were in order before seeing Dr. Cudney. Dr. Cudney was very detailed and answered all our questions and concerns to prepare for procedure. The entire office very professional and courteous.

- Angelica Martinez

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My daughter had her wisdom teeth extracted by Dr. Gauger. For being very nervous and anxious everyone treated her terrific. They calmed her down, the procedure went smoothly and my daughter is glad she went through with the surgery. Everyone let her take all the time she needed to calm down and relax. A special shout out to Dani who went out of her way to take great care of my daughter and make the experience for her as pleasant as oral surgery could possible be. Thanks.

- Dan L

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Dr. Gauger was friendly and explained the procedure very well. He helped me to worry less about the extraction process. Anna was very nice with the X-rays and orientation. The whole staff seemed very pleasant which makes me feel they must be treated well. I will have the extraction done next week and I hope I am just as pleased then.

- Kathleen C

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Genuinely the best Dental related experience ever! The staff hands down most courteous and professional humans I have ever encountered! I got a tooth extracted in a matter of what felt like seconds. Pain free! I’m big on performance and this place deserves a standing ovation! Thank you guys so much!

- Jorge F.

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The staff is very friendly and patient. Sandy answered my questions. Dr Cudney and his assistant are patient and answered questions and concerns they are very easy to talk to, which is big deal to me.

- Tim H

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What a wonderful and smooth experience I had at this facility. It’s my second day since removing two wisdom teeth, one being in a difficult position. I am feeling almost zero pain. I’m so grateful to everyone involved; genuinely one of the most pleasant experiences— friendly, respectful, honest, and professional staff and doctors. We were even given back over $100 because not all the anesthetic was used. I feel better than I did pre-surgery; perhaps it’s because I had the privilege of being the patient of some wonderful people. 5 stars just isn’t enough. “Whoever is not grateful to the people, he is not grateful to Allah (God).” So, thank you all very much!

- Mariam I

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I would like to personally Thk Sandy,is awesome very pleasant to talk to .she helped me with all my concerns. I felt like part of the family. Very professional the whole atmosphere was happy peaceful u have to go and visit there Midwest Palos heights office. Thk u for everything. I’m telling everyone about my experience today.

- Patricia Conner A

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My dentist referred me to Dr. Cudney when I went in for an emergency appointment for wisdom teeth pain. The office was able to get me in to see Dr. Cudney immediately. When I came to the office, I was greeted by the friendly staff and waited not even 10 minutes before I saw the doctor. Dr. Cudney is very warm, welcoming, patient, and thorough. He explained everything in a way that I could understand and said he could remove my painful tooth right then and there. I was so nervous, but with his technique, I did not feel a thing! I was closing my eyes expecting the worse part to come and before I knew it he was already done! I plan to return to him after the new year to get the rest of my wisdom teeth out. I left the office happy as can be. I would recommend him to anyone, especially if you are nervous about a procedure. He truly knows how to calm your nerves.

- Samantha K

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Fantastic staff from receptionist to dental assistant to Dr Cudney, staff truly cares and goes above and beyond for their patients.

- Shannon Wood W

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