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Oral Pathology

Dental specialists in the field of oral pathology deal with the identification and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. Through careful research involving clinical, radiographic, microscopic and biochemical techniques, these specialists investigate oral pathologies, their causes and their effects. These dental professionals and their examination results are vital to providing the most accurate information on a patient’s condition so the most appropriate treatment can be provided. Oral pathologists regularly receive biopsy’s and tissue and fluid samples and are counted on for everything from identifying strains of bacteria and recommending the type of antibiotics to use, to diagnosing cancer in the head and neck region.

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Oral pathology residency programs usually last 3 years following completion of four years of dental school, with some programs also having an optional 5 to 7 year program resulting in a PhD. There are very few oral pathologists in the USA – some statistics show only about 300 in the entire country! Most oral pathologists work at Universities or at large medical/dental research organizations. For more information on this dental specialty and also to view locations with residency programs, visit the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology or the website

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