At Orange County Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we provide specialized oral pathology services to the residents of Orange County, California. Our expert team of oral surgeons and healthcare professionals is dedicated to diagnosing and treating various oral health conditions.
The term “pathology” is defined as the study of disease states, so “oral pathology” refers to disease states that are found in the mouth and associated anatomical structures. Patients who have routine dental and medical appointments often have an oral examination as part of their ongoing care. When the physician, surgeon, nurse practitioner or dental hygienist finds abnormal appearing oral tissue, the patient is often referred to the oral and maxillofacial surgeon for further evaluation and possible biopsy. Oral pathology conditions are also often found on routine medical and dental x-rays.
A biopsy is a procedure whereby a small, representative sample of the abnormal tissue is removed and submitted to a pathologist for microscopic examination and diagnosis. Many oral tissue biopsies can be performed under local anesthetic alone, but some require IV sedation for maximum comfort, due to the location of the area in question or difficulty in gaining access. After the tissue sample is submitted for examination, the pathologist will issue a written report and diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is obtained, options for further treatment will be discussed between the patient and oral surgeon.
After biopsy, additional treatment might include monitoring the condition, surgery to change or remove the condition, or referral to a different surgical specialist for treatment. If your biopsy results in a diagnosis of cancer, you will be referred to the appropriate head and neck cancer specialist. If your biopsy results in a non-cancer diagnosis, then our clinicians will likely manage your additional treatment.
Our oral surgeons are all certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, with a combined 60 years of experience and expertise, treating simple to complex cases for both adults and children. If you have questions about oral pathology, please reach out to one of the four nearest oral surgery offices closest to you. We have oral surgeons in Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, San Clemente and Newport.
If you are experiencing any symptoms related to oral pathology or have concerns about your oral health, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our skilled team. Early diagnosis and treatment can lead to better outcomes.To book your consultation, please contact us today. We have multiple locations throughout Orange County, including Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Newport Beach, and Lake Forest, for your convenience.Trust Orange County Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants for expert oral pathology care in your local community.