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Oral and facial pathology

Oral and facial pathology is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders that affect the oral and facial regions. At Pensacola Oral and Facial Surgery in Pensacola, FL, Dr. Wallender is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for patients with a wide range of oral and facial pathologies.

What is Oral and Facial Pathology?

Oral and facial pathology involves the study of diseases and disorders that affect the oral and maxillofacial region, including the mouth, teeth, gums, jaws, salivary glands, throat, and sinuses. These conditions can range from common issues such as cavities and gum disease to more complex diseases like oral cancer and facial trauma.

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Common Oral and Facial Pathologies

Some of the most common oral and facial pathologies that our team diagnoses and treats include:

● Facial lesions: lesions in the skin, soft tissues, and bones of the face can affect the appearance and function of a person’s face. Medical management and surgical removal with reconstruction may be necessary to remedy problems associated with facial lesions.

● Oral Cancer: Oral cancer is a serious condition that can affect the lips, tongue, gums, throat, and other areas of the mouth. Early detection and treatment are crucial for improving the chances of successful treatment and survival.

● Facial Trauma: Facial trauma can result from a variety of accidents or injuries, including falls, sports injuries, and car accidents. These injuries can affect the bones, muscles, and soft tissues of the face and may require surgery to repair.

● Salivary Gland Disorders: Salivary gland disorders can cause a variety of symptoms, including dry mouth, swelling, and pain in the glands. Treatment may involve medications, surgery, or radiation therapy.

● Oral Infections: Oral infections, such as gum disease and tooth abscesses, can cause pain, swelling, and discomfort in the mouth and may require treatment with antibiotics, root canal therapy, or other procedures.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis and treatment of oral and facial pathologies typically involve a thorough evaluation of the patient’s medical and dental history, a physical examination, and diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, or biopsies. Once a diagnosis is made, Dr. Wallender and his team will work with the patient to develop a personalized treatment plan based on their specific needs and goals.

Treatment options may include surgical procedures, such as removal of tumors or damaged tissue, reconstructive surgery, or dental implant placement. Dr. Wallender is trained in the latest surgical techniques and uses state-of-the-art equipment and technology to ensure that patients receive the highest level of care.