If you experience new or unusual lesions in your gums or mouth, it’s important to see a specialist as soon as possible. At New Jersey Dental Specialists in Verona and Westfield, New Jersey, skilled dentists Shalom Mintz, DDS, Louis Galiano, DMD, and their team offer comprehensive oral pathology services. The team strives for excellence to diagnose potential problems, treat them, and reduce the risk of complications. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Oral pathology at New Jersey Dental Specialists includes evaluating specimens obtained from your oral cavity or jawbone. Your pathologist reviews 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:
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. The New Jersey Dental Specialists work to find the root cause of oral health problems to treat them accordingly.
During your visit with the New Jersey Dental Specialists team, a provider reviews your symptoms and oral health history with you. They examine your teeth, gums, mouth, tongue, and throat to look for signs of tissue abnormalities.
They might order X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or other imaging procedures as needed. Your specialist could take a biopsy (tissue sample) to use for lab analysis. Doing so allows them 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. Your provider tailors each treatment to give you the best outcome with the lowest risk of complications.
They 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.
To learn more about oral pathology at New Jersey Dental Specialists and find out if it’s right for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.