Oral pathology is concerned with the assessment, diagnosis and management of diseases occurring in the mouth, face or jaws. Diseases may present solely in the mouth, or conditions that you have elsewhere in your body can present in your mouth.
A thorough history, examination and assessment will be completed.
Additional tests may be required including further radiographic imaging, blood tests or a biopsy to help reach a diagnosis and management plan.
A biopsy is a medical test commonly performed by a surgeon that involves removing a small sample of the tissue for examination by a Pathologist to determine the presence or extent of a disease. The Pathologist will use particular chemical tests and look at the sample under a microscope to finalise their diagnosis. They will then write a report and return this to the surgeon. Your surgeon will discuss the Pathologist’s findings and whether any further treatment is necessary.