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Oral/Maxillofacial Pathology


Reviewed by: Dr. Kristen Dority

Oral maxillofacial pathology is a specialty of dentistry that originated in the 1930s and 1940s. The field treats a variety of abnormalities in the oral cavity and associated tissues including lesions, blisters, and skin infections. Patients with these types of symptoms sometimes experience a burning feeling in the mouth and/or tongue.

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Oral and maxillofacial pathologists conduct visual, tactile, radiographic or x-ray, and microscopic examinations to determine the nature and extent of oral diseases and abnormal growths.

Dentists specializing in oral maxillofacial pathology are versed in systemic diseases that can display symptoms in the mouth. Laboratory analysis of biopsy specimens often helps aid in diagnoses and treatment.

Last updated: 12-May-05

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