Oral Pathology

At the Wisdom Specialist Centre, we believe that comprehensive assessments are crucial for long-lasting oral health. Early detection is key when it comes to diagnosing and treating diseases of the mouth and jaw.

Dr Zoud is experienced and knowledgeable in the field of oral pathology. Our team provides a wide range of specialised services so patients can receive accurate diagnoses and personalised treatment.

About Oral Pathology

Oral pathology is an area of dentistry that focuses on the study, diagnoses, and treatment of jaw and mouth disorders. Examples of conditions assessed include:

Oral lesions

Oral ulcers

Painful conditions of the mouth

Jaw cysts and lesions

When patients notice unexplained symptoms, it can be concerning and stressful. That’s why Dr Zoud is committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care from the initial visit all the way to the completion of treatment.

Oral pathology encompasses a large range of complex issues. In the sections below, we’ll briefly discuss some of the most common conditions treated at Wisdom OMS.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a serious disease with a high fatality rate. These high death rates are mostly due to late diagnoses. When the condition is detected and treated early, survival is much more likely.

Mouth cancer can develop on the gums, lips, tongue, cheeks, on the roof of the mouth, or under the tongue. Oftentimes it is a dentist who first notices any abnormalities or irregularities during a routine checkup. They then refer patients to our surgery for further diagnosis and treatment.

A biopsy will be ordered if anything suspicious is found. If the results are positive, Dr Zoud will refer you to a Head and Neck Cancer specialist to treat the condition.

Oral Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Common signs and symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • White or red patches inside the mouth
  • Lumps, bumps, or other abnormalities
  • A sore or ulcer that doesn’t heal
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Mouth pain or discomfort
  • Pain the radiates up to the ear

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation with your dentist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon right away. Early detection is key, and prompt treatment offers the best chance for favorable outcomes.

Mouth Ulcers

Also referred to as canker sores, mouth ulcers are painful lesions that can occur anywhere inside the mouth. Typically, mouth ulcers resolve on their own. Occasionally, canker sores may linger and interfere with your quality of life. In these instances, you may need to see an oral pathologist to address the issue.

Burning Mouth Syndrome

Some individuals develop a burning sensation in the mouth, affecting the lips, tongue, gums, cheeks, or palate. This is referred to as burning mouth syndrome, and it occurs most commonly in women over 50 years of age.

While some factors – such as dry mouth, certain medications, GERD, or food allergies – have been linked to burning mouth syndrome, no primary cause is known. This condition is not curable, but it can be successfully managed with the help of an oral healthcare professional.

Oral Lichen Planus

This chronic inflammatory condition may appear as red, swollen areas or white, lacy patches on the mucous membranes of the mouth. Lichen planus develops when the immune system attacks cells for no known reason. There is no cure for this condition, but it can be managed successfully.

Jaw Cysts and Lesions

Cysts and lesions of the jaw can vary significantly in terms of size and appearance. Many of them are also benign, but they can be detrimental to your oral health and quality of life.

Dentigerous Cyst

This type of cyst develops when a tooth is unable to complete the eruption process. It is characterised by a fluid-filled sac that forms in the jaw and soft tissues. The exact cause is unknown, and the condition most commonly affects patients in their 20s or 30s.

Keratocysts

Most often found in the lower jaw near the third molars, an odontogenic keratocyst is slow-growing and benign. Left untreated, however, it can be destructive to local structures.

Ameloblastoma

This rare jaw disorder is characterised by abnormal tissue growth. Generally, these cysts are not malignant, but can be quite aggressive in the involved areas.

Schedule an Appointment Today

To learn more about the conditions we treat at Wisdom Specialist Centre, reach out to one of our knowledgeable team members. We’re always available to answer any questions you have regarding treatment. To learn more, contact us online or schedule an appointment by calling (02) 8021 2728 (Burwood) or (02) 9633 4552 (Westmead).

Burwood Rooms

Shop 1/8 Burwood Rd
Burwood NSW 2134
P: (02) 8021 2728
F: (02) 8021 2723
info@wisdomcentre.com.au

    Westmead Rooms

    Suite 40, Daher Centre, 163 – 171
    Hawkesbury Road Westmead,
    NSW 2145
    P: (02) 9633 4552
    F: (02) 9893 8801
    reception@westmeadomfs.com.au