Oral and maxillofacial pathology is a broad field that refers to diseases of the mouth and jaws, as well as the facial muscles and skin. There are a number of types of oral pathology, such as bacterial, fungal or viral infections, premalignant diseases and oral cancer. The most common diseases, such as periodontal (gum) disease are mainly treated by your dentist, but in some instances your dentist may refer you to an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon for further assessment and treatment.
The most common pathologies that are referred include:
In most cases Dr Henze will perform a biopsy - this will be either a partial (incisional) biopsy, or a total removal (excisional biopsy). The procedure may be carried out under a local or general anaesthetic, depending on the site & size of the lesion.
The stitches inserted during surgery are generally dissolvable and don’t need to be removed.
Biopsies are subject to the normal range of potential post-operative signs and symptoms:
These symptoms gerenally only persist up to one week. Pain can usually be managed with Paracetamol/anti-inflammatories, and ice-packs and a soft, cool diet are also recommended.