What is Leukoplakia?

You may have heard the term before, but whether or not you have, it is important to know exactly what leukoplakia is. Leukoplakie is a condition in which pale, white lesions form on the insides of the cheeks, tongue, or lower portion of your mouth. They can be painful and often cause discomfort or insecurity in those presenting with the condition.

Concerns of Leukoplakia

Leukoplakia itself is not harmful and does not pose a large threat to you or your oral health. However, in some cases, leukoplakia has been linked to early warning signs of oral cancer. That is precisely why it is important to speak with an oral specialist if you notice lesions beginning to appear in your mouth. They will be able to examine the lesions and check for other signs to confirm oral cancer is not present. They can also suggest effective treatment options that will alleviate pain, symptoms, and help heal the lesions quickly.

Common Leukoplakia Symptoms

The most common symptoms of leukoplakia are pale, white lesions, gray or discolored tissues, raised or thick surfaces in the mouth, or irregularly textured areas on the cheeks, gums, or the tongue. Some describe feeling a hairy, fuzzy sensation when dealing with the condition and in those cases leukoplakia is referred to as “hairy leukoplakia.”

Learn More

If you are needing more information on leukoplakia, the risks of the condition or its causes and treatment, reach out to the Oral & Facial Surgery Institute at (435) 238-7083 today. It is important to maintain your oral health and learning about warning signs and symptoms is a sure way to protect yourself from developing worse conditions or diseases. Preventative care is the first step and our oral surgeons can set you on an oral care plan suited for you and your lifestyle.

Important Facts on Anesthesia

If you are scheduled to have oral surgery, such as your wisdom teeth removed, or you have a child who is needing oral surgery, you may be worried about the safety of anesthesia. Learning more about the procedure is a great way to help you trust the oral surgeons and procedure. Feel safe knowing these important facts on anesthesia.

Fact 1 – Anesthesia is safe.

According to studies, oral anesthesia has shown to be very safe when administered by a trained oral surgeon in the office setting. At Oral & Facial Surgery Institute, oral surgeons are trained in all aspects of anesthesia and sedation methods, including local anesthesia, oral sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. They have received training in airway management, endotracheal intubation, establishing and maintaining intravenous lines, and managing complications and emergencies that may arise during the administration of anesthesia.

Fact 2 – Anesthesia eases pain.

One of the most common reasons for the administration of anesthesia is to limit the pain felt by a patient during intensive oral surgeries. Though oral surgeons take every precaution to limit pain and damage to your mouth during surgery, some procedures require deep work into the jaw bone, tooth roots, or nerve areas. These can be sources of pain that anesthesia greatly helps with or even completely eliminates.

Fact 3 – Anesthesia eases anxiety.

If you dread having dental work done, much like the majority of the world does, anesthesia will greatly reduce your levels of anxiety and may even rid you of it completely while you are in the office. Anxiety about oral health and treatment is common, but taking the appropriate precautionary steps can alleviate your symptoms.


Hopefully these facts on anesthesia can put your mind at ease. If you have any questions or concerns about the safety or uses of anesthesia, contact Shawn B. Davis at Oral & Facial Surgery Institute, (435) 238-7083 today. We can help prepare you to have stress-free oral surgery.