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Dr. Bryan Chai and Dr. J. Brandon Luter use oral pathology to identify developing problems and make precise diagnoses regarding your oral health. By using oral pathology, our oral surgeons can ensure that you are receiving the care you need to regain a healthy mouth and smile.

What is Oral Pathology?

Oral pathology refers to the specialty of dentistry and discipline of pathology that deals with the diagnosis, study and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. It encompasses a broad range of conditions, including diseases of the teeth, gums, tongue, salivary glands and the mucous membranes lining the mouth and throat. Our oral surgeons will use oral pathology to identify and treat these conditions through the examination of tissue samples, biopsies and other diagnostic tools. Their expertise plays a crucial role in the early detection of oral diseases, including oral cancer, which can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated promptly.

The scope of oral pathology is not limited to diagnosing diseases. It also involves the study of the causes and effects of these diseases at a cellular and molecular level, providing insights into their development and progression. This field bridges the gap between dental science and general medicine, underscoring the importance of oral health in overall wellbeing.

When is Oral Pathology Recommended?

Oral pathology services are recommended when there are signs and symptoms of oral diseases that require a detailed and specific diagnosis to guide treatment. Common indicators that warrant a referral to an oral pathologist include:

  • Unexplained oral pain or discomfort: Persistent pain in the mouth, face or neck that cannot be attributed to common dental issues.
  • Oral lesions or sores: Any unusual growths, ulcers or sores in the mouth that do not heal within two weeks should be examined. A biopsy can be performed to determine if these are benign, precancerous or cancerous.
  • Changes in oral tissues: Discolorations, thickening or changes in the texture of the mucous membranes or gums can be early signs of a developing condition.
  • Abnormalities in salivary gland function: Issues such as excessive dry mouth or swelling of the salivary glands may indicate underlying conditions that need specialized diagnosis.
  • Suspicion of oral cancer: In cases where there is a suspicion of oral cancer, an oral pathology can be used to provide an early diagnosis, significantly improving the prognosis and treatment outcomes.

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Oral pathology is integral to maintaining oral health and preventing the progression of diseases. Please contact Cherry Creek Restorative Dentistry at 720-792-8227 today to set up an appointment with our oral surgeons and learn how oral pathology in Denver, Colorado, can benefit you.

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