Oral pathology is a specialty of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases, including oral cancer. Pathologists are involved in all areas of disease management, including research, diagnosis, examination, and treatment. Oral pathology specifically refers to any disease that can develop inside the mouth, including the salivary glands or jaws. Although most oral diseases are benign and not serious, it is always best to have an early evaluation to receive appropriate treatment.
One of the most common areas where an infection occurs is the smooth, coral-pink lining of the mouth, called the mucosa. If you notice an irregularity in the appearance of the lining or structures of the mouth, such as the tongue or tonsils, this may be a sign of a pathological process. 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 to evaluate and treat oral pathology.
Usually, these patients are first evaluated by their dentist, who refers them to an oral surgeon for further evaluation and treatment. The scope of oral pathology is extremely wide and oral pathologists, in addition to the dentist and oral surgeon, are needed to perform a comprehensive diagnosis, management and treatment of injuries. Oral pathology is a complex field that requires specialized training. The American Dental Education Association states that oral pathologists require an average of 37 months of advanced education to become experts in this field.
He will perform a thorough examination of your mouth for the presence of an infection or disease and create a personalized treatment plan to restore your oral health. ViziLite Plus uses a specially designed light source to highlight any abnormalities in the mouth and facilitate the detection of oral cancer. The evaluation includes a complete examination of the head and neck with an oral exam and, in many cases, the use of photographs to keep accurate records of the injury. Anything that prevents you from speaking, smiling, chewing, and swallowing comfortably is an oral problem.
When a patient goes to the oral surgeon, the patient's history of the injury, medical history, medications and supplements, social history, and allergies are thoroughly reviewed. If you have pain, bleeding, or unusual symptoms in your mouth, oral pathology helps us find the answers you need. Fortunately, oral cancer, which is the most serious diagnosis in the oral cavity and the most worrying diagnosis for patients, is very rare.