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 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.

Advanced Oral & Facial Surgery of the Triad

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Went over and beyond for me! I was super nervous going in, and the nurses were gentle and comforting. Doctor Parker did an amazing job, everything went extremely smooth. My recovery was quicker than expected and I had no problems.

- Emaline S

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Very best service and follow up

- Michael L

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I couldn’t be more pleased with my experience with Dr Biggerstaff and her staff. I had the laser procedure for my face and let me say the results are AMAZING !! It was a bit more uncomfortable than I thought, but worth every second. Hey gals or as we say in Texas “Gurls” if you want a new lease on life, schedule a consultation.

- Sammie T

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The Kernersville staff was very friendly! The office was nice and quiet. Dr Biggerstaff and all the nurses were attentive to our needs. They took their time and were patient to talk to us at the consultation and the day of extraction about my sons anxiety. They worked with us to make it happen! I did appreciate the occasional updates during the procedure. They did a great job!!!

- Gabi H

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I was very anxious prior to my wisdom teeth extractions, but Dr. Parker and his assistant were very efficient, knowledgeable and demonstrated great expertise while preparing for and conducting the extractions. They both showed care and concern for my comfort and Dr. Parker made very quick work of the extractions. I did not feel any pain during the extractions and only very little following. I will not hesitate to return as required and recommend this doctor - and practice - without reservation.

- Cory M

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I can't thank Dr. Parker and his staff enough for the professionalism and care they took during and after my procedure. I was a bundle of nerves and the surgical assistant helped keep me calm, her and iv sedation. I had bone loss from an infection that had set up from a fracture in my tooth with a previous root canal. While I am still healing, it's not been a horrible experience. I appreciate the kindness and ease of procedure!

- Nicole P

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Since the procedure was going to be painful, I was nervous. I was treated with concern and professionalism throughout my consultation and the procedure. Every effort was made to make me as comfortable as possible.

- Billie H

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My son had his wisdom teeth removed today and from day 1 (the consultation) to today for the procedure the office was very friendly and informative. I called with a question after we were home and was treated very well and they were very helpful and answered my question. Dr. Biggerstaff and her staff took care of my son and I would highly recommend this office to anyone.

- Dana H

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The staff and Dr. Parker were great. They work as a team and are professional and courteous. More importantly they are just nice, quality people. They are patient and go above and beyond to make an often stressful time, as relaxing and comforting as possible.

- Adrian T

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Great group of people who enjoy what they do!

- Thomas B

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Couldn’t be any more pleased with the services provided and the staff treated us exceptionally well!!! Would recommend to anyone needing oral care !

- Bryan D

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My 6 year old had to have some teeth removed that were baby teeth that never came through, and were blocking the permanent ones from coming down. He also had an extra baby tooth. Staff was very helpful on the day of the consultation and Dr. Parker was very good to explain in detail prior to surgery. His hygienist was very helpful in calming my nerves as a worried mama. She is also a mama so having that really helped calm my nerves prior to his surgery. The surgery took place today at Medical park hospital. The staff there were very helpful, kind, and compassionate towards my son and myself. Dr. Parker was very good to him and you can tell he cares deeply about his patients. My son is only 6 and he handled today like a champ. The waking up part was a little rocky! The office called just now to check on him and make sure things were going well. Taking kids to an adult dr or dentist can be very scary but this experience was very positive! I definitely recommend him for children of any age or adults!

- Whirney R

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I sought out Dr. Biggerstaff after having an extensive surgery out of state by another doctor. Dr. Biggerstaff was generous with her time and guidance for followup care I required even though she was not the original surgeon. Her staff was just as thoughtful and made sure to make me comfortable. Dr. Biggerstaff is an incredible surgeon and knew exactly what to do to resolve a hematoma I had as a result of my surgery. In addition, she provided guidance on what to do while healing at home and her staff followed up with me throughout the healing process. I will continue to go to Dr. Biggerstaff for all my on going cosmetic needs as well as sing her praises to all my friends.

- Missy S

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It was my grandson who is 8 years old that had the procedure. They took their time with him and made this a easy procedure for him. Thanks to entire staff and Dr. Parker.

- Donna L

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Dr Parker. Is personable friendly, professional. Has an amazing bedside manor. I had MAJOR WORK DONE!!! He always listened to my concerns with understanding. I am an actual patient. And was not paid for this review. Even in the extenuating circumstances of my problems. He went over and above to help me to work them out. He is the omnipotent God of Oral surgery. And always put me at ease. I STRONGLY recommend not to go to these cheap places. Unless you don’t want the absolute concern and care for for your own well being. Like Dr Parker has for his patients wellbeing.

- Deborah A

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Dr. Parker and his staff were wonderful. The whole experience was great.

- Amanda S

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The entire staff was friendly and really nice. They made me feel welcomed and answered every question that I had.

- Netta S

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Dr Parker and staff are top notch!!! I had 15 teeth pulled by Dr Parker and got dentures I was expecting to be very swollen!!! Dr Parker made this whole process go so smoothly, he put me to sleep, I felt nothing and my swelling and bleeding was minimal!! I highly recommend him and the staff for any dental procedure!!!!! Thank you so much for making it so easy for me as I was always a chicken when it came to dental care!!!

- Amelia M

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EVERYONE IN THE OFFICE WAS VERY HELPFUL AND PROMPT IN ASSISING YOU WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN THE OFFICE

- JANICE W

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Overall the best experience I have every had at a dentist. My primary dentist Dr Wear retired. He recommended Dr Biggerstaff for the procedure I needed. I would rate both dentists as the best at what they do and I do not like to go to the dentist. They’re great.

- Bob H

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