Oral Pathology

In order to provide proper treatment for oral conditions, it’s necessary to perform a thorough examination. Through this examination, it’s possible to reach a correct diagnosis that can serve as a launching point for treating facial and oral issues. Patients come to the University Oral Surgery Center for care for any number of jaw, dental, or oral health concerns. With the help of a skilled oral pathologist, the nature of the complaint can be identified, and treatment can begin.

Oral Pathology

What Is Oral Pathology, And How Does It Help Treatment?

Oral pathology is a specialty in the dental industry focused on the study and diagnosis of disorders of the mouth, jaw, and orofacial skin. Among the diseases and conditions oral pathologies addresses are:

  • Cleft palate or cleft lip
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Macroglossia (tongue enlargement)
  • Periodontal disease
  • Oral ulcers
  • Geographic tongue
  • Oral cancer


There is a broad range of conditions that are addressed by oral pathology. Working with the team at that University Oral Surgery Center ensures you’ll have leading experts focused on your concern. We’re dedicated to getting the answers our patients need to address their existing oral health issues.  

There are an immense number of conditions that can affect the maxillofacial and oral areas. This is part of why an expert may be needed to determine the exact concern you’re facing. Oral cancer is one case where the symptoms can be fairly easy to identify. Some symptoms related to this include:

  • Chronic throat soreness or hoarseness
  • Mouth sores or lesions
  • Patches of red or white on the interior cheeks or tongue
  • Mouth sores that bleed excessively

Even when these signs are present further testing may be necessary to determine the exact cause. Other conditions that can be diagnosed and treated by an oral pathologist include:

  • Cleft Palate – When the bony plates located at the base of the skull don’t close properly during development, a cleft palate can occur. In some cases, the soft tissues will also fail to close properly. When this happens, the individual with a cleft palate can suffer from difficulties with eating, feeding, and speech, along with other dental problems.
  • Macroglossia – This term describes a condition where the tongue has become enlarged. In some cases, this is hereditary and will be present from birth. On other occasions it’s can indicate another health condition such as hypothyroidism. Surgery can be used to address this issue when it interferes with speech or eating.
  • Oral Ulcers – Ulcers that appear in the mouth are known as canker sores. These lesions are often painful and small and can appear anywhere in the mouth. Canker sores are not cold sores, which are caused by the herpes simplex virus, nor are they oral cancer. If canker sores become chronic, an oral pathologist can help.

These represent some of the concerns that we can help with at the University Oral Surgery Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Contact Us For Your Oral Health Concerns

Our team is dedicated to providing the oral surgery solutions you need for your concerns. Dr. Shabtaie works closely with our staff to help our patients achieve results. Call today for an oral pathology consultation to learn more.


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