Providing an oral pathology service is an important part of our practice. Oral Pathology relates to the diagnosis and management of oral diseases of both the soft tissue areas of the mouth, tongue, lips, inside cheeks and the jaw bones. These can have a significant impact on your overall health, including your heart health and your gut health.
Common presentations include:
- Fungal Infections of the Mouth
- Lichen Planus
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCCs)
We take a thorough approach to our assessment including understanding your full medical history, clinical examination and medical imaging, where required. A small biopsy of the soft or bony tissue can be taken under either a local anaesthetic (awake, but no feeling to the area) or a general anaesthetic (asleep). This sample will be sent to a pathology laboratory for closer examination by an Oral Pathologist.
You will be issued with a separate account from the laboratory for these tests. You should be able to claim a rebate from Medicare for these fees (if you are the holder of a current Medicare Card).
The results will form part of the completion of our assessment and diagnosis. Then we will recommend the best course of treatment to get you back on the road to better health.