It might seem like dentistry is just another specialty of healthcare focused on the mouth, but in fact, dentistry itself is actually made up of many different individual specialties, from children to the gums. One of the most important of these sub-fields is oral pathology, or the study of diseases of the mouth. At Beaverton Oral Surgeons, our oral surgeons are also trained in oral pathology so that they are fully equipped to give you the best treatment possible.
What Oral Pathologists Do
Because oral pathology is the study of diseases that affect not just the teeth, but the jaw, gums, tongue, bones, and other oral structures, it is hard to narrow down what oral pathologists do to just one or two things. In general, though, oral pathologists work hard to keep up with all the latest research available so that they can both diagnose and treat a wide variety of oral diseases. An oral pathologist might lend their expertise on gum disease, thrush, and even oral cancer. By taking a close look at the results of an exam, x-ray, scan, or biopsy, our oral pathologist can help you make a more informed choice about your health and how you want to treat it.
Why Oral Pathology Is Important
Oral pathology is important because the diseases and conditions that are studied can touch on almost every aspect of your mouth’s health. When performing treatments on the mouth, possessing a comprehensive knowledge of the myriad of potential oral conditions and how they interact gives our surgeons an edge over dentists without a background in oral pathology.
How Can You Benefit From an Oral Pathology Specialist?
Chances are if you are coming into our office for help treating a health condition, rather than purely a purely cosmetic treatment, you can benefit from the knowledge and skills of an oral pathologist. Our oral pathologists are trained to quickly recognize even the subtlest indicators of diseases, catching them early on before they can advance to the point where your health is at risk. By diagnosing conditions such as oral cancer in the beginning stages, this can even save your life. That is one of the many reasons we so strongly recommend regular cleanings, as this gives us the chance to spot potential concerns as early as possible.
Of course, even if you are able to come in for your twice annual cleanings, we cannot catch everything in time. You can be your own oral pathologist by keeping an eye out for potentially concerning signs. If you notice the sudden development of bleeding in your mouth that does not stop, chronic sore throat, ulcers, or patchy white and red lumps, then you should consult with one of our oral pathologists as soon as possible.
Do You Need an Oral Pathologist?
If you are considering surgery or similar treatment of an oral health condition, then you can benefit from the oral pathology expertise of our surgeons. By consulting with one of our highly trained surgeons, you can be assured that you are receiving the latest research and techniques. To consult with one of Beaverton Oral Surgeons’s oral pathology specialists today, call (971) 249-8370.