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Oral Pathology

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What is Oral Pathology?

Oral pathology refers to the study of diseases of the mouth, jaws, and related structures such as the saliva glands, joints, muscles of the face, and the skin surrounding the mouth. The oral pathology is a specialty of dentistry concerned with diseases affecting the oral region. Sometimes the terms head and neck pathology are used, but this implies that the pathologist deals with disorders of the ear, nose, and throat as well as maxillofacial disorders, which may be the case. There are areas of overlap between these forms of expertise.

How is Oral Pathology Practiced?

An oral pathologist uses specific training and experience to diagnose diseases, injuries, and disorders of the mouth and surrounding regions and organs as mentioned above. They use a wide range of tools and techniques such as radiology, biopsy, and more in order to accurately diagnose conditions of the mouth and to prescribe treatments.

When is Oral Pathology Necessary?

Most people are at least somewhat familiar with some of the many things that can go wrong with the health of the mouth, teeth, and surrounding areas. For the most part, we understand what cavities, gum disease, gingivitis, broken, impacted teeth and many other common forms of oral distress are and what they look like. It is important to make regular visits to your dentist so that if any condition should arise that might require the attention of a specialist, he or she can refer you to the appropriate professional.

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To accommodate your busy schedule, Let’s Smile has three locations in the Northern Virginia metro area. We offer flexible hours and our wonderful staff can help you schedule an appointment today!




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