Oral Pathology

Dr. Kenneth Klamut and staff have received extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of both benign and malignant conditions that occur in the oral cavity and head and neck region.

What is oral pathology?

Oral and maxillofacial pathology is the speciality which deals with the identification, nature, and management of diseases affecting your mouth.  Oral pathology investigates the causes, effects, and processes of oral and maxillofacial diseases.

What are some common causes we treat?

  • Benign cysts and tumors of the jawbones
  • Benign cysts and Malignant Salivary Gland Tumors and Conditions
  • Benign cysts and tumors of the jawbones
  • Non healing ulcerations in the oral cavity
  • Bisphosphonate Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (BRONJ)
  • Red and White lesions of the oral cavity (Leukoplakia and Erythroplakia)
  • Skin Cancer
  • Melanoma

What happens if I get referred for an evaluation?

We will perform a through history and physical exam with a focus on the area of concern.  They will evaluate the area and likely recomend a biopsy of the lesion.  This biopsy may consist of removal of the entire lesion, or they may choose to take only a small part of the lesion to obtain a diagnosis depending on the size and behavior of the lesion.

We will then send the specimen to a laboratory staffed by Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists for evaluation and diagnosis.  These Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists have received special training in diseases of the oral cavity, as well as the head and neck region.  This is important because some oral lesions exhibit characteristics that are different than any other area of the body.

You can rest assured that we work with some of the finest Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists in the world.

What are signs of oral and maxillofacial diseases?

Yoru gums should normally look smooth and coral pink in color.  If you notice a change in this appearance, it could be an early development of a pathological proces.  The most serious pathological disease is oral cancer.  Here are some signs that could indicate the beginning of a pathological process or cancer:

  • White and Red patches in the mouth
  • Sore(s) that bleed easily or fail to heal
  • Thickening or a lump on your gums inside your mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Constant sore throat or rasping

You can notice these changes on your cheeks, lips, face, neck, tongue, palate, and gum tissue around yoru teeth.  You may not experience pain with these signs.

Should I check for oral pathologies?

You should check your mouth monthly and look for changes like the ones listed above.  You should never ignore suspicious sores or lumps.  Contact us immediately if you notice changes in and around your mouth.

Oral and Maxillofacial Reconstruction

If you have undergone an ablative or respective procedure due to a benign or malignant lesion, you have numerous options for reconstruction.  Due to their extensive training and exprience in Oral and Maxillofacial Reconstruction, oral surgeons can help return the function and quality of life that was lost.

Our experience allows us to design a procedure specifically to your needs.  This can include both bone and soft tissue reconstruction from various areas of the body.  We can also work closely with your dentist with your dentist or a maxillofacial prosthodontist to provide you with a functional dental rehabilitation.