Oral Pathology

Dentists checking a patientThe 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 (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
  • 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 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.

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Tobacco and Oral Cancer

If you are a current or former smoker or tobacco user, the risks for oral cancer are dramatically increased.

Benefits of Oral Surgeons Performing Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons, such as Dr. Kienle, Dr. Steinkeler and Dr. Gunawardena, are the only dental specialists who are fully trained in all oral surgery procedures. All doctors in our practice are board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery and in anesthesia and have earned both medical and dental degrees.

Flagship Oral, Facial, and Dental Implant Surgery is the only practice in the Delaware Valley/Tri-State area that

  • Has all of our surgical facilities fully accredited by the Joint Commission.
  • Has surgeons uniquely qualified with both medical and dental degrees, as well as board certification in oral and maxillofacial surgery and anesthesia.

You can be assured that Dr. Kienle, Dr. Steinkeler and Dr. Gunawardena have the best training and experience, along with the proper staff and facilities, to provide you with exceptional safe and comfortable surgical care. Call us today and schedule an appointment


Patient Reviews: Oral Screening

This reviews section is in progress. Please visit the Patient Review Form page to leave a review about your oral cancer screening experience with Flagship Oral, Facial, and Dental Implant Surgery. Call our office if you would like more information.

Flagship Oral, Facial, and Dental Implant Surgery

5 out of 5 stars based on 11 Oral Pathology reviews.

Patient Review by Lynne M

The staff were VERY courteous and competent. Dr. Steinkeler was AMAZING, kind and compassionate. I was there for a consult but he treated me right away due to the severity of my “issues” at the time. I am eternally grateful for that. I would highly recommend this practice for any oral surgery needs you may have.

- Lynne M

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Patient Review by James B

Front desk got me up an appointment to see the doctor quickly (within a couple days). A lot quicker than I expected. Dr. explained everything in detail and we together decided on a biopsy. Biopsy was performed skillfully andnearly pain-free. Thank you Dr. Steinkeler !

- James B

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Patient Review by Deborah L

Pleased on all levels with services rendered, personnel, offices and locations.

- Deborah L

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Patient Review by Nick W

Great experience. The first time that any doctor took me before my scheduled appointment time. WOW!!

- Nick W

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Patient Review by James D

Very Satisfied!

- James D

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Patient Review by Gary H

I've run out of good adjectives.

- Gary H

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Patient Review by kara k

Thanks for making me feel comfortable and ensuring any questions I had were answered! The staff is pleasant and seems to work together quite seamlessly. An enjoyable environment for procedures that aren't always as enjoyable! 🙂

- kara k

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Patient Review by Ron W


- Ron W

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Patient Review by Deborah F

Great patient care and bedside manor! Staff makes you comfortable from the moment you enter, while you are there and follow up the next day. Awesome!

- Deborah F

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Patient Review by Adam R

I think this is probably one of, if not the best experience I've had going through any procedure. I'd definitely recommend this office to anybody.

- Adam R

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Patient Review by Christine D

I have had two oral pathologies performed at the Warminster office. I am very happy with the care I received from everyone involved.

- Christine D

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