Oral pathology at Dental Specialists of New Jersey includes evaluating specimens obtained from your oral cavity or jawbone. We review tissue samples taken from biopsies to detect or rule out possible oral health problems, including oral cancer.
Your specialist may evaluate the following tissues or secretions:
- Unusual lesions.
- Soft tissue abnormalities.
- Bone abnormalities.
- Pus-filled tissues.
The lesions your provider tests could be benign (noncancerous) or cancerous. Finding the cause of oral abnormalities is the best way to treat your condition before it becomes problematic.
The cause of oral lesions or other problems isn’t always clear, but some factors increase your risk of developing them. Examples include trauma, infections, alcohol, tobacco, and genetics. We work to find the root cause of oral health problems to treat them accordingly.
During your visit, we will review your symptoms and oral health history with you. Then, we will examine your teeth, gums, mouth, tongue, and throat to look for signs of tissue abnormalities.
We might order X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or other imaging procedures as needed. We may take a biopsy (tissue sample) to use for lab analysis. Doing so allows us to determine if you have oral cancer, infections, or other types of oral health abnormalities that require treatment.
Your personalized oral pathology treatment depends on the type of oral health problem you have. We tailor each treatment to give you the best outcome with the lowest risk of complications.
We may recommend surgery to remove a cancerous lesion, medications, or other treatments that maximize oral health and wellness. If you have cancer that has spread to other areas of your body, you may need chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or other types of cancer treatments.