What is oral pathology?
Oral and maxillofacial pathology is the specialty of dentistry and pathology which deals with the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions.
It is a science that investigates the causes, processes and effects of these diseases.
Why would I need to be seen by an Oral Pathologist?
Dr. Parish, an oral pathologist is an expert and specialist in the evaluation and management of oral and maxillofacial diseases.
You might require oral pathology expertise if you experience new or unusual symptoms of an oral health problem.
- Red patches
- White patches
- Open sores
- Mouth, lip, gum, or tongue pain
- Other new or unusual symptoms
See the Oral Medicine & Pathology Center team at the first sign of a problem, as early detection and treatment often gives you the best outcome.
What are the benefits of being seen by an Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist?
The main benefit of being a patient at Oral Medicine & Pathology Center is detecting cancer and other oral health problems that can cause serious complications when left untreated. Oral pathology testing accurately diagnoses a problem, allowing your provider to establish the most effective treatment.
What are biopsies?
Biopsies are tissue samples that Dr. Sedghizadeh can take to test for cancer and other oral health problems you or a family member might encounter. He may recommend you undergo a biopsy if you have a lesion or experience pain, tenderness, lumps, bumps, discoloration, or other new or unusual symptoms, or if you notice tissue changes in your mouth.
What happens during oral biopsies?
There’s no special preparation needed prior to undergoing biopsies for most patients. Dr. Sedghizadeh numbs the treatment area to help you avoid discomfort. He uses specialized instruments to collect hard or soft tissue samples and analyzes them in the pathology center lab. He may take a sample of your tongue, gums, cheeks, lips, or bone.
What should I expect after a biopsy?
After hard or soft tissue biopsies, treatment areas might be a little sore, swollen, red, or tender. Take medications as Dr. Sedghizadeh directs and keep your mouth as clean as possible. Ice the affected area if needed during the healing process. He might also recommend you to use antibacterial mouth rinses.
What do my results mean?
When Dr. Parish examines your specimen, he will discuss the results with you and let you know if you need additional treatment.
If you do, he may recommend taking medications or undergoing oral surgery to remove cancerous tissues. Dr. Sedghizadeh personalizes each oral health treatment to give you the best outcome.
In some cases, you may need additional biopsies or treatments. Routine monitoring with Oral Medicine & Pathology Center is the best way to maintain exceptional oral health and prevent serious complications from arising.
To learn more about biopsies at the Oral Medicine & Pathology Center and find out if they’re right for you, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.