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Oral Medicine and Pathology

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are able to accurately diagnose and treat medical conditions of the oral cavity and face. This is called a biopsy. Tissue samples are taken by using a variety of cutting instruments. Diseases of the oral cavity are sub-classified as to whether they are:

  • congenital; or
  • acquired.

Within disease categories, it is not uncommon to diagnosis inflammatory, immunological, infective, neoplastic (cancer), or drug-related conditions of the mouth or face. Forms of diagnosis may involve blood tests, biopsies, swabs, examination of salivary secretions and further tests as may be necessary.

The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is both medically and dentally trained and is able to diagnose then treat the type of condition with the appropriate medication.

Oral Pathology

If abnormal tissue occurs in the mouth, a small piece may need to be removed by an oral maxillofacial surgeon for analysis. This is called a biopsy. Tissue samples are taken by using a variety of cutting instruments.

The surgeon will send the tissue to a pathologist, a specialist in the diagnosis of abnormal tissue, who can also assess whether the tissue is non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). The pathologist will then send a report to the surgeon, who will discuss the findings and options for further treatment with the patient. In some cases, a second biopsy may be needed to further refine diagnosis.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. 

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Sydney Surgery

Suite 1401, Level 14, Tower 1
520 Oxford Street,
Bondi Junction, NSW 2022

Phone: 02 9369 2153
Email: oralmaxima@bigpond.com

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks

Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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