Oral and maxillofacial pathology refers to the diseases of the mouth, jaws and related structures such as salivary glands, temporomandibular joints, facial muscles and perioral skin (the skin around the mouth).
Common problems in the oral cavity which can occur and require review with a definitive diagnosis include white patches, ulcers, dry mouth and burning pain.
A good first port of call is once again a medically qualified oral medicine specialist such as Anita Nolan.
Some lesions will need a biopsy for a definitive diagnosis and can be undertaken under local anaesthetic or with mild sedation. Once a biopsy is undertaken, the specimen is sent to a laboratory for further testing and diagnosis.