Oral Pathology

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Oral Pathology Services at Smile Design Team in Dedham, MA

At Smile Design Team, we specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases that affect the mouth, jaw, and related structures. Our expert team in Dedham, MA, is equipped to identify and manage a range of oral pathologies to ensure your oral health is maintained and any potential issues are addressed promptly.

What Is Oral Pathology?

Oral pathology refers to the study and diagnosis of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. This field of dentistry involves examining and treating conditions that can affect the teeth, gums, lips, tongue, and cheek lining, as well as the bones of the jaw and face.

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Common Signs and Symptoms of Oral Diseases

It’s essential to recognize the signs and symptoms of oral diseases early. Contact us if you notice any of the following:

  • Red or White Patches: Unexplained red or white patches inside the mouth or on the lips.
  • Sores That Do Not Heal: Sores that bleed easily and do not heal within two weeks.
  • Lumps or Thickening: Thickening or lumps on the inside of the mouth, tongue, or throat.
  • Chronic Sore Throat or Hoarseness: A persistent sore throat, feeling that something is caught in the throat, or hoarseness that does not go away.
  • Difficulty Chewing or Swallowing: Difficulty in chewing, swallowing, or moving the jaw or tongue.
  • Numbness: Numbness or tingling in the mouth or lips.

Services We Offer in Oral Pathology

At Smile Design Team, our approach to oral pathology includes a comprehensive range of services:

1. Oral Cancer Screening

  • Visual Examination: We perform a thorough visual inspection of the mouth and neck, looking for any signs of oral cancer or precancerous conditions.
  • Digital Diagnostics: We use advanced imaging techniques like digital X-rays and scans to see below the surface and identify any hidden issues.

2. Biopsy Procedures

  • Soft Tissue Biopsies: If suspicious areas are found, we can take a small sample of tissue (biopsy) and send it to a laboratory for analysis.
  • Interpretation and Diagnosis: Our experienced team will interpret biopsy results and provide a precise diagnosis, explaining the nature of any oral disease found.

3. Management and Treatment of Oral Diseases

  • Customized Treatment Plans: Based on the diagnosis, we develop personalized treatment plans which may include medication, therapy, or surgical interventions.
  • Collaborative Care: We work closely with oncologists, surgeons, and other specialists when necessary to ensure comprehensive care for conditions like oral cancer.

4. Preventive Education and Care

  • Risk Factor Reduction: We educate patients on how to reduce risk factors for oral diseases, such as quitting smoking and limiting alcohol consumption.
  • Regular Check-Ups: Encouraging regular dental visits for early detection and management of potential issues.

Why Choose Smile Design Team for Oral Pathology?

  • Expertise and Experience: Our dentists are trained in the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating oral pathologies.
  • Compassionate Care: We understand that dealing with oral diseases can be stressful, and we provide compassionate, supportive care to all our patients.
  • Advanced Technology: We utilize the most advanced technology available for diagnosis and treatment, ensuring high-quality care.
  • Educational Approach: We believe in educating our patients about their oral health to help prevent future diseases.

Other Services at Smile Design Team

In addition to oral pathology, we offer a wide range of dental services:

  • Dental Implants: For replacing missing teeth and restoring function and aesthetics.
  • Cosmetic Bonding: To repair and improve the appearance of chipped or discolored teeth.
  • Invisalign: Clear aligners for straightening teeth without traditional braces.
  • Teeth Whitening: Professional whitening services to enhance your smile.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Custom veneers to transform your smile’s appearance.
  • Porcelain Crowns: Durable crowns to restore damaged teeth.
  • Periodontal Care: Treatments to prevent and manage gum disease.
  • Dental Bridges: To fill gaps left by missing teeth.
  • Root Canal Treatment: To save and restore infected teeth.

Schedule Your Oral Health Evaluation

If you have concerns about symptoms or wish to discuss your oral health, contact Smile Design Team today to schedule an appointment. Early detection and treatment are key to managing oral pathologies effectively.

Protect your health with expert oral pathology services from Smile Design Team – where your wellbeing is our priority!