Expert Care for Comprehensive Oral Health

If you've noticed any changes in the appearance or texture of your mouth's soft tissues, it's crucial to seek immediate attention. Schedule a consultation today, and let us guide you towards a path of comprehensive oral well-being. A diagnosis is the first step to rapid treatment and a successful outcome – don’t delay. Call us at the first sign of trouble.

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Defining Oral Pathology

Oral Pathology is a specialized field within dentistry that focuses on identifying, diagnosing, and managing diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions, including cancers and other serious diseases. The scope of oral pathology in Baltimore & Columbia encompasses diverse conditions, including:

  • Infections
  • Inflammatory disorders
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Developmental anomalies
  • Oral cancers
  • And more

Oral pathologists work closely with other dental and medical specialists to ensure comprehensive care for patients, particularly when the conditions involve systemic health implications.

Do You Need an Oral Exam?

An oral pathology exam may be recommended based on:

  • Persistent Mouth Sores or Ulcers
  • Unexplained Bleeding
  • Persistent Pain or Discomfort
  • Changes in Tissue Color or Texture
  • Swelling or Lumps
  • Difficulty with Speech or Swallowing
  • Persistent Bad Breath

Have a look at these common oral pathologic conditions:

  • Geographic Tongue (Benign Migratory Glossitis or Erythema Migrans): This condition presents as a map-like appearance on the tongue, with missing papillae and red well-defined areas. Though generally harmless, it can cause increased sensitivity.
  • Median Palatal Cyst: A developmental cyst filled with fluid, usually appearing in the middle of the palate, potentially causing discomfort.
  • Hairy Tongue: An overgrowth of bacteria or yeast infection resulting in a hairy and black appearance of the tongue. Often linked to poor oral hygiene, antibiotics, radiation treatments, HIV positivity, or intravenous drug use.
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Why Choose Maryland Prosthodontic Associates for Oral Pathology?

  • Expertise in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Our team comprises skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeons with advanced training and specialized knowledge, ensuring precise diagnoses and effective treatment.
  • Hospital Affiliations: We are proud to be affiliated with prestigious institutions such as Johns Hopkins University Hospital and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, providing access to state-of-the-art facilities for advanced procedures. We also enjoy strong working relationships with these hospitals, meaning your care will be seamless.
  • Professional Memberships: Maryland Prosthodontic Associates maintains memberships in esteemed organizations, including the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics, American College of Prosthodontists, Academy of Osseointegration, and the American Dental Association.

Diagnoses and Treatment: the Practice of Oral Pathology

Diagnosing oral pathology involves a comprehensive oral examination, which may include biopsies for definitive results.

The most effective treatments are determined based on the specific condition. Common treatments include:

  • Antibiotics: Prescribed for bacterial infections or persistent soreness, antibiotics restore the mucosa to its natural state, alleviating discomfort.
  • Diluted Hydrogen Peroxide: For changes related to poor oral hygiene, a prescribed mouthwash with diluted hydrogen peroxide can combat bacteria more effectively, improving halitosis.
  • Oral Surgery: In cases of cysts or abnormal non-cancerous growths, our skilled dentists may opt for complete removal. This enhances comfort, alleviates breathing issues, and improves speech, depending on the cyst's location.

Comprehensive Oral Examinations and Cancer Screenings

Regular check-ups involve thorough inspections of the soft tissue, with any changes prompting biopsies for detailed analysis. Oral cancer screenings, usually painless and brief, detect cell changes indicative of oral cancer. 

If necessary, a biopsy is performed for further evaluation. Early detection often helps ensure positive outcomes – remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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Are You Ready to Take Charge of Your Oral Health?

Your oral health is a critical component of your overall well-being. Don't ignore any changes in your mouth's soft tissues. Schedule a consultation with Maryland Prosthodontic Associates today, and let our experienced team guide you toward effective solutions with compassion and expertise.

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