Rock River Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center

Staying Healthy

Starts With The Mouth

The structures that make up the mouth and jaws (bones, teeth, glands, gums and lining tissues) can occasionally develop abnormalities (pathology). These abnormalities can range from benign growths or discolorations to cancerous tumors.

At Rock River Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we believe thorough examination and accurate diagnoses are essential for properly treating oral and facial issues. Dr. McCue is an expert oral surgeon and oral pathologists highly experienced in oral pathology, the science of diagnosing, studying, and treating disorders of the mouth.

First, What is Oral Pathology?

Oral pathology is the diagnosis and study of the causes and effects of diseases affecting the mouth, jaw and face. Many patients visit an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for evaluation and treatment of oral pathology. Generally, these patients are first evaluated by their general dentist who refers them to an oral surgeon for further evaluation and treatment if something is of concern.

Oral Pathology Specialist

Role of an Oral Pathologist

When patients have a suspicious growth or condition of the mouth, it's essential to determine the cause. Symptoms such as lesions can be indicative of more serious problems down the road. To ensure accurate diagnosis and speedy care, the expertise of an oral pathologist/ oral disease specialist is paramount.

Oral pathologists can help examine and diagnose oral conditions - both malignant and benign. Oral pathologists deal with conditions such as:

  • Oral Cancer

  • Salivary Problems

  • Canker Sores

  • Fungal Infections

  • Herpes of the Mouth

  • Bad Breath

Rockford's Oral Pathologist Expert


Dr. McCue has extensive knowledge and experience in treating abnormal mouth conditions.


We're referred by many dentists in the Rockford area when an oral examination is recommended or they need the expertise of an oral surgeon.

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We call you to make sure you're recovering well after any procedure and Dr. McCue is available even after hours.


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When To Get An Oral Evaluation?

An oral exam is your best defense against dental problems, and it's the best opportunity to detect oral diseases. While there is may be no way to prevent cancer, early detection is essential in successfully treating the disease. Regular oral cancer screenings can help spot any abnormalities or changes before symptoms appear.

As dental specialists, we perform various cancer screening tests to reduce the potential damage of these diseases. Oral cancer screenings can include visual examination, biopsies and more. These tests can be successful in detecting early indicators of cancer that increase the effectiveness of treatment.

All patients should be screened for oral cancer at least once a year, especially those at a higher risk of developing the disease. Patients at a higher risk include those who:

Over 40 years old


Excess amounts of alcohol

History of oral cancer

Have an oral HPV infection

Treatment for oral cancer can be effective as long as the disease is detected early. In fact, more than 90 percent of cases are treated successfully when oral cancer is found at its earliest stage. At Rock River Oral Surgery & Dental we are committed to every patient and are happy to help anyone find their perfect smile again. If your dentist has recommended or suspect abnormalities in your mouth, Rock River Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center is here to help!

Don't Wait Until It's Too Late

Schedule you oral examination with oral pathologist expert Dr. McCue
and avoid further complications down the road.

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Contact Info

Rockford Office  (815) 399-1234
Beloit Office  (608) 473-3992


  • Rockford, IL

    973 Featherstone Rd #102, Rockford, IL 61107

  • Beloit, WI

    2359 Murphy Woods Rd Beloit, WI 53511

Disclaimer: This website is provided for informational purposes only. No doctor-patient relationship is established through the use of this website. This website is not a substitute for examination or consultation with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and as such, no diagnosis or treatment recommendations can be provided.

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