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.

Symptoms of 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.

How often should I be screened for Oral Cancer?

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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Heise, Alpha & Delgadillo OMS

5 out of 5 stars based on 35 Oral Pathology reviews

Patient Review By Linda S

Dr Alpha was very kind and friendly. I was at ease right away. My appointment was at 9:30 am. I left the office 45 to 50 min later feeling great and no pain. Dr Alpha’s assistant was also very kind and helpful. I enjoyed talking with her when we were waiting for my tooth to be numb. I left feeling great with no pain. No pain at all now 4 days later. Just an empty space in my mouth. Dr Alpa called me at home Monday evening to see how I was doing. Unfortunately I missed his call. He advised me to call the office if I had any questions or problems. I highly recommend this office! Thank you.

- Linda S

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Patient Review By Jack L

I had to initial my acknowledgement of so many possible side-effects of the procedure, and other things that could go wrong, that I was beginning to have second thoughts. But Dr. Heise did such a good job that, less than 24 hours after having a tooth extracted, I felt as if it had never happened. He prescribed pain meds, but I never felt any pain. I'm not sure how he did it, but I'm grateful he did. I hope I don't need these services again, but if I do I'll have no reservations going to Dr. Heise.

- Jack L

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Patient Review By Alan G

Dr Alpha is a highly skilled professional. He makes every procedure quick and easy!

- Alan G

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Patient Review By Ruth N

Outstanding on service and care on day of implants.

- Ruth N

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Patient Review By EREN L

Dr. Heise sets the bar for efficiency. I have had almost no pain from the procedure....which was my BIGGEST concern. Dr. Heise even phoned me after hours to follow up on my recovery, and make sure I didn't have any questions or concerns. I would definitely recommend this office to anyone in need of the services they offer. Thank you Heise & Alpha OMS!! Much appreciated.


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Patient Review By Debbie G

I have been treated by Dr. Heise twice in the past 2 years and each time I was so impressed! His skills are top notch, the results are perfection and best of all, I've had no pain with either procedure. The office is just what you would hope for: immaculate, state of the art, everyone you encounter is compassionate and professional. Dr. Heise has earned my trust. Thank you for making a scary situation comfortable and easy (for me).

- Debbie G

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Patient Review By Wendie P

I am so pleased with Dr. Alpha he is amazing he made me feel comfortable and his nurses were A++++ the twilight they used was just enough to put you at ease I will recommend all my family and friends to see Dr. Alpha, amazing amazing

- Wendie P

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Patient Review By Tyler T

Dr. Heise is very professional, knowledgeable, and caring. I went in for wisdom teeth extraction and was nervous because I had never gone under anesthesia before. However, the whole process went so smoothly. If you have to do any kind of dental procedure, come here! The staff are so nice and welcoming. He even called me the same day after my surgery to check in on me and I’ve never had any other dentist do that before. I don’t want to have anymore dental procedures done but if I had to, I wouldn’t schedule with anyone else besides Heise & Alpha. Thank you to the entire staff for making me feel so welcomed and at ease!

- Tyler T

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Patient Review By Frances S

Thank you so very much for such a seamless and easy wisdom teeth removal. I really appreciate the friendliness and kindness I was shown since I walked in the door. Getting my wisdom teeth extracted was always so scary to me, but this office made it as easy and comfortable as they could. I am so grateful for such a positive experience.

- Frances S

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Patient Review By Susan D

The very best dental experience I have ever had in my 56 years. I will recommend him to anyone in need of oral surgery. This practice has perfected their craft.

- Susan D

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Patient Review By Sharon G

I have never had a Dentist like Dr. Alpha. He was so caring and concerned about my excessive anxiety over this oral surgery. This was the best dental experience in my life. I would recommend everyone to this dental office. Thank u everyone who got me thru today. Thank u so much Dr. Alpha.

- Sharon G

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Patient Review By Jarmila C

I had a lot of anxiety about having to get my tooth pulled. Mimi made me feel so safe. She was so kind. Dr Alpha was so gentle. The Twilight they used was top shelf! I would give them 10 stars!

- Jarmila C

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Patient Review By Trisha B

I have never been catered to by so many in this office. I came in initially with an emergency and I was taken care of quickly. I would recommend anyone to come to this office and have the confidence that you will be well cared for.

- Trisha B

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Patient Review By Neil a L

Great staff,

- Neil a L

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Patient Review By Dave N

I have to say that my experience with this dental office was the best I have ever had. I was comfortable, treated with respect, very well taken care of by Dr. Craig and his associates! I highly recommend having your dental work done here. They are absolutely top shelf!

- Dave N

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Patient Review By Deborah D

The staff is friendly and ready to answer any questions that you might have. Dr. Heise is super friendly goes way and beyond to make your stay there as comfy as he can. I had a tooth extraction this morning with sedation and before you know it, I was done. I would highly recommend Dr. Heise for any oral surgery. Thank you all for your kindness, it was much appreciated.

- Deborah D

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Patient Review By Barbara H

Everyone and everything was done very professionally and friendly. I would recommend this staff and doctor. It was quick and easy

- Barbara H

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Patient Review By Brittany H

I had the best experience!! I would defiantly recommend this office to friends and family!

- Brittany H

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Patient Review By Jacqueline W

Great team. All done before Elton John finished his song.

- Jacqueline W

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Patient Review By Jennifer R

The best dentist I’ve ever had other than my regular dentist

- Jennifer R

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