What is Oral Pathology?
Oral pathology is a dental specialization that is focused on diagnosing and treating diseases and disorders afflicting the lower face and mouth. Oral pathology, and oral pathologists, are frequently employed to deal with uncommon dental issues, as well as unusual conditions affecting the lower face.
What Does an Oral Pathologist Do?
Oral pathologists are called in to help with situations that require more training than a standard dentist has. Oral pathologists have three extra years of education to learn about the different pathologies that can affect the mouth.
The mouth is a complicated organ that has many different parts. Each of these parts is susceptible to different infections, diseases, and disorders. Some examples of the various conditions oral pathology covers include:
- Cleft lip and/or palate
- Eagle syndrome
- Fungal infection
- Oral cancer
- Excessive Canker Sores
Oral pathologists assist in diagnosing and treating these and other uncommon diseases, disorders, and infections. Moreover, oral pathology is also used to determine the best techniques and procedures to replace lost, missing, or broken teeth.
What are the Benefits of Seeing an Oral Pathologist?
An Oral pathologist can help determine the cause of a patient’s aliments. This is particularly true if a patient has tried a number of different treatments for a symptom with no effect. An oral pathologist will have a greater chance of successfully identifying and treating the cause of these sorts of recurring aliments.
An oral pathologist may also be used to help with treatment options in patients that experience more than one condition at a time, or that have other complications. Oral pathologists have the training and experience needed to deal with these complex situations, and may be able to provide solutions that other oral health specialists cannot.
Oral pathology is also useful when determining the best way to repair damage caused by lost or missing teeth like bone loss, abscess, infection, and other complex oral health issues.
Should I see an Oral Pathologist?
If you suffer from lingering oral health issues, are experiencing a number of oral health issues at the same time, have complications that inhibit your options, have missing or broken teeth, bone loss, or other oral health issues, then visiting an oral pathologist may be a good option. It is important to consult with a qualified oral health specialist when trying to decide the best way to resolve your specific health issues. Dr. Kathleen A. Stambaugh is a periodontal and implantology specialist in Burlington, WA. Her practice specializes in the treatment of gum disease including cosmetic procedures to aesthetically enhance your smile, and replace missing teeth using dental implant technology. She also diagnoses and treats oral pathology.
With over 55 years of research and practice, Pericowest Periodontics provides cutting edge implant and periodontal disease services and treatments. Kathleen A. Stambaugh’s office is nestled in the city of Burlington, surrounded by farm fields and foothills, providing a calm and serene place of practice that is reflected in the patients’ treatment experience.