Tools & Techniques in Oral Pathology
Dental pathologists use a variety of tools, techniques, and technology to understand, diagnose, and treat abnormalities in the mouth. These include examination techniques, testing techniques, and biopsies.
Typically, the first step an oral pathologist will take to diagnose an issue in the mouth is a complete oral examination.
Some of the symptoms or abnormalities that may be discovered in an examination include:
- Growths, lumps, or swellings
- Salivary gland disorders
- TMJ issues
- Facial pain
- Taste and smell disorders
- Unerupted teeth
- Mucosal abnormalities
Examinations will also look at a variety of risk factors that may be present, including genetic predispositions to certain conditions, lifestyle factors such as tobacco and alcohol consumption, and other health or medical issues that may be causing abnormalities in the mouth.
If you have experienced abnormalities in your mouth or you’re concerned about your oral health, be sure to see a dentist or dental specialist for diagnosis and treatment.