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Oral Pathology

At ASA Dental Implants & Oral Surgery, we understand that comprehensive oral care extends beyond the visible surface of your teeth. Recognizing and accurately diagnosing diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial region is crucial for ensuring your long-term oral health and well-being.

Oral pathology is a specialized field of oral health dedicated to diagnosing and managing diseases of the mouth, jaw and surrounding tissues. It plays a vital role in our oral surgery practice, enabling us to provide our patients with the highest level of care and achieve optimal outcomes.

Why is Oral Pathology Important?

Our experienced oral surgeons utilize advanced diagnostic tools and their specialized knowledge to accurately identify and differentiate between various oral lesions, ensuring you receive the most appropriate treatment plan.

Early and accurate diagnosis allows for timely intervention and prevents the progression of oral diseases, minimizing the risk of complications associated with delayed or incorrect treatment. By understanding the underlying nature of your oral condition, we can develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and characteristics for optimal results.

Our comprehensive oral pathology services contribute to more successful treatment outcomes, leading to improved oral health, function, and overall well-being for our patients.

Types of Oral Pathology Tests

We understand that achieving optimal oral health often requires uncovering the underlying cause of your concerns. That’s where our comprehensive oral pathology services come in.

Suspicious oral lesions often require biopsy, a procedure where a small tissue sample is collected for examination under a microscope. Our experienced team performs various types of biopsies, including:

  • Incisional biopsy: Removal of a portion of the lesion for diagnosis.
  • Excisional biopsy: Removal of the entire lesion for diagnosis and potential treatment.

Following the biopsy, the tissue sample undergoes a meticulous process called histopathological evaluation. This involves examining the tissue under high magnification to identify any abnormalities and determine the precise nature of the lesion. This information is crucial for developing an appropriate treatment plan.

Addressing Common Concerns about Biopsies

We understand that undergoing a biopsy can cause anxiety. Our team is here to address your concerns, answer your questions, and explain the procedure in detail. We prioritize your comfort and minimize any discomfort during the process.


In some cases, cytopathology, which examines cells collected from the lesion, may be used for diagnosis. This is particularly helpful for diagnosing lesions with a fluid-filled component. Advantages of cytopathology include being minimally invasive and quick. However, unlike histopathology, it cannot provide information about the tissue architecture, potentially limiting its diagnostic capabilities in certain cases.

Frozen Section

In situations requiring immediate decision-making during surgery, we utilize frozen section. This technique involves rapidly preparing and examining a tissue sample during surgery to provide a preliminary diagnosis. While offering real-time information, frozen section may not be as accurate as definitive histopathological evaluation and further analysis may be needed.

Management of Oral Lesions

Following diagnosis, our team develops a personalized treatment plan for your specific oral lesion. This may involve various options, including surgery, medications, and other therapies. We work closely with you throughout the treatment process to ensure optimal outcomes and restore your oral health.

Oral Pathology Education

We’ll give you the resources and information you need to understand your oral health concerns and navigate your oral pathology journey with confidence.

We offer a variety of readily accessible resources to educate you about common oral diseases, lesions, and diagnostic procedures.

Our team is always available to address your specific concerns, answer your individual questions, and ensure you feel comfortable and informed throughout your journey.

We understand that insurance coverage for oral pathology services can be complex. To ensure you have a clear understanding of your financial responsibility, we provide you with a detailed estimate of the costs associated with your specific oral pathology services before any procedures are performed.

Our experienced staff can help you navigate insurance, so you understand what is and isn’t covered by your policy. We can also advise on various payment options to fit your needs and ensure you can receive the care you deserve.

Schedule Your Consultation

Oral pathology plays a crucial role in optimal oral health. By utilizing advanced diagnostic techniques and expertise, we can provide valuable insights and develop personalized treatment plans for various oral conditions.

If you have any concerns about oral lesions, including changes in appearance, pain, or discomfort, do not hesitate to contact ASA Dental Implants & Oral Surgery in Tewksbury or Portsmouth.

We provide patients with comprehensive and compassionate oral pathology care. Our team of experienced oral surgeons and oral pathologists work together to ensure you receive accurate diagnoses, personalized treatment plans, and exceptional care throughout your journey towards a healthy and beautiful smile.


Meet Our Oral Surgeons

Dr. Daniel Jeong

Dr. Daniel Jeong graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and completed his specialty training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine and Boston Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

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