Oral Cancer Screening Salem, OR

Oral Pathology Information from Dr. Swiderski

The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin called mucosa that is smooth and coral pink in color for some and naturally pigmented for others. 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:

  • Red of white patches in the mouth that don’t heal after two weeks.
  • A sore that fails to heal after two weeks 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 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 can help you.

For more information about Oral Pathology or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swiderski, call our office in Salem, OR at Oral Surgery Office in Salem Phone Number 503-581-0223.

Mid-Valley Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery

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Dr. Swiderski and all of his staff are professional, friendly people who go above and beyond their job to provide the best patient care. I have been a patient of Dr. Swiderski for many years and have always had a positive experience at Mid-Valley Oral. I would highly recommend Dr. Swiderski and his staff.

- Eugene V

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I am a grumpee old man who had a impacted wisdom tooth. I complain about everything but not the service I received by DR Swiderski and staff. I am wondering if they really pulled it almost no swelling or pain. If I could give them 6 stars I would of!

- timothy t

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My 16-year-old daughter has severe anxiety. She is afraid of shots and won’t even get her ears pierced. She had dreaded her wisdom teeth extraction for MONTHS. But she says a nice lady held her hand while another one placed the IV, and then she woke up and it was over! We are all very relieved. What could have been a nightmare went very smoothly. I highly recommend Dr. Swiderski and his crew.

- Dana H

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I would highly recommend Dr. Swiderski’s office! I felt like my daughter was in great hands.

- Chandy W

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Having reached a "certain age," I have visited many dental practices in my life, including multiple visits to Dr. Swiderski for bone grafting and implant surgeries. Each time I go there, my expectations for superb service and attention to details are exceeded. The office itself was designed for patient comfort, right down to the USB charging ports in the waiting area. The staff makes insurance billing and scheduling seem effortless, and Dr. Swiderski certainly lives up to his Mayo Clinic credentials. You won't find a better oral surgeon anywhere - thank you all for taking such great care of my mouth!

- Evelyn H

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I have had no pain during this whole process. I took ibuprofen for the first 10 hours as precaution and then nothing after. I am amazed that I had 5 teeth extracted and no pain in the process. I feel so thankful for this experience and have already been telling my family and friends they need to go to Dr. Swiderski!

- Heather K

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Dr. Swiderski and his staff are outstanding. from the check in counter to the examination rooms to the surgery area ... just first class treatment top to bottom. This is not my favorite thing to be doing ... but a very necessary one. I'm grateful that Dr. King recommended Dr. Swiderski and Mid-Valley OMS for my treatment. It really was a pleasure to get my implant and the whole time first class care. Thank you Doctor and all the staff for your professional service and caring throughout the whole experience. I highly recommend Mid-Valley. Regards, Fred Thompson.

- Fred T

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I was referred to Dr. Swiderski by my dentist for dental implant. From my first appointment, Dr. Swiderski and his staff were very friendly and informative of what to expect from the dental procedure. Dr. Swiderski is professional, knowledgeable and highly skilled. I experienced no pain during the procedure which including extraction and implant at same time. Dental procedures especially extraction tend to get a bad bleeding , but my bleeding was minimal and completely stopped after 2-3 hours of the treatment. It is amazing. Dr. Swiderski is a highly experienced and skilled implant surgeon in Salem. I certainly appreciated his extraordinary expertise and service.

- Stanley Z

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Dr. Swiderski and his staff were so friendly, and did an amazing job putting our daughter at ease about having all four of her wisdom teeth removed. She recovered much quicker than we expected, and they followed up after the surgery to ensure she was healing well. If only mine had gone this smoothly years ago! Thanks for everything!

- John N

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I would highly recommend Dr. Swiderski and his staff to anyone who is considering dental implants, oral or maxillofacial surgery.

- David H

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Dr. Swiderski is fantastic! He is a skilled oral surgeon that cares about his patients and their well-being. I have also been impressed with the professionalism of all of the staff. The office is community minded by being involved with programs that serve and help children.

- Alicia B

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Dr. Swiderski is very well-trained and knowledgeable. He has done extensive quality work with our family. When I go see him I know that I can trust what is happening. I appreciate the way he does his follow up calls post-surgery. His staff is very good at getting correct estimates from the insurance company. Mid-Valley OMS is a very well-oiled machine.

- Karin K

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We were very happy with our entire experience. Dr. Swiderski and staff are professional, and friendly. We will be going to Dr. Swiderski again for our dental surgery needs.

- Deon S

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Dr. Swiderski and his staff were fantastic for my wisdom teeth removal! Everything went smoothly and I would definitely reccommend him for surgery.

- Jacy R

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I was referred to Dr. Swiderski by my regular dentist. He first did bone grafting and then he performed my implant surgery, four of them. He also put on the abutments at that time so I didn't have to go back for a third time. He is very friendly and is very knowledgeable in his work. I trust his opinion and appears to be very honest.

- Lori D

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My daughter was nervous but they took good care of her, and her recovery time was way shorter than we expected. My most favorite thing was that Dr. Swiderski took the time to call to call my daughter personally. Checking in to see if we had questions and to make sure she was recovering without complications. It's hard to find that kind of care these days!

- Ida B

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Dr Swiderski is very well-trained and knowledgeable. He is very professional and efficient and has a caring attention to his patients that helps to make every procedure a positive experience. Having had three kids treated by him for the complete removal of all 4 impacted wisdom teeth, I think I can say he is extremely qualified and great at what he does!

- kathleen B

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Getting all 4 of my wisdom terth removed was actually very relaxing and I would do it again if I had to. The staff were very friendly and sweet. They made sure I had the laughing gas on enough so there was no pain with the IV and it was all pain free. Thank you so much. 🙂

- Kayla H

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My son needed his wisdom teeth taken out and the Dr. and his staff where fantastic. They took great care of my son and made him feel so comfortable with the whole situation. I really appreciated the follow up care as well. We felt very well taken care of.

- Katrina B

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Had oral cancer over 18 years ago and for past 10 years my teeth have been falling apart 1 tooth at a time. Now I am onto needing bone grafts...oh joy! Thank you for making it as painless as you could. BTW...thanks again for the 2nd water bottle.

- Gayle C

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