Oral and maxillofacial pathology is a subspecialty of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis and management of diseases and conditions affecting the oral and maxillofacial region. This can include things such as oral cancer, benign tumors, cysts, and infections. Dentists and oral surgeons trained in oral and maxillofacial pathology are able to examine tissue samples and perform biopsies to determine the presence of disease and to aid in the diagnosis. They also play a key role in managing the treatment and follow-up care of patients with oral and maxillofacial conditions.
It is an important discipline in healthcare because it helps to detect, diagnose and treat the diseases of oral and maxillofacial region. It is a multidisciplinary specialty that involves the knowledge of oral medicine, oral surgery, oral radiology, periodontology, and oral histology. Oral and maxillofacial pathologists also work closely with other healthcare professionals such as dentists, oral surgeons, and medical oncologists to provide comprehensive care for patients with oral and maxillofacial diseases.
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