Oral pathology is the branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis and management of diseases and conditions that affect the mouth, jaws, and related structures. It is an important area of dentistry as it helps dentists and oral surgeons identify and treat a wide range of conditions, including infections, cancers, and other abnormalities.
Oral pathology services may include a variety of procedures, such as biopsies, blood tests, imaging studies, and physical examinations. These tests and examinations are used to diagnose and monitor oral diseases and conditions, and to develop treatment plans that are tailored to each patient's unique needs.
Common oral pathology services include the following:
Biopsies: A biopsy involves the removal of a small sample of tissue from the mouth or a related structure. The tissue is then examined under a microscope to determine if it is cancerous, pre-cancerous, or benign.
Imaging studies: Imaging studies, such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs, may be used to identify tumors, cysts, or other abnormalities in the mouth or jaws.
Physical examinations: A thorough physical examination of the mouth, teeth, gums, and related structures can help identify a wide range of conditions, from oral infections to oral cancer.
Treatment for oral pathology conditions may involve a variety of approaches, depending on the specific condition and its severity. Some common treatment options include medication and potentially minor surgical procedures. We work closely with an oral pathologist and, in some cases, your physician, to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and goals.
If you have any concerns about the health of your mouth, teeth, or gums, it is important to schedule an appointment with our office. Early detection and treatment of oral pathology conditions can help prevent serious complications and improve your overall health and well-being.