Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Listed below are common questions regarding oral and maxillofacial pathology.

The answers should not be considered medical or dental advice, nor are they a substitute for a thorough office visit with a history and clinical examination performed by a qualified healthcare provider. Patients and families are encouraged to schedule a visit and seek opinions from a licensed practitioner for advice on specific problems.

What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist?
What kinds of treatments are offered by Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh?
What types of payment are accepted for treatment?
Are there any age limits?
Where can I get more information?

What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist?
Oral and maxillofacial pathologists are dental specialists who focus on diseases of the face, mouth, and jaws. After four years of dental school, the oral and maxillofacial pathologist receives a three-year hospital-based or dental school-based training, which prepares him/her to do a wide range of procedures, including surgical oral pathology (biopsy), clinical oral diagnosis, radiographic interpretation, research, and teaching.

More information can be found at www.aaomp.org regarding specific procedures and other interesting information.

What kinds of treatments are offered by Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh?
Our faculty oral and maxillofacial pathologists offer the full scope of oral and maxillofacial pathology services.

1). Surgical Oral Pathology. Physicians, general dentists, and dental specialists send surgical pathology specimens (biopsies) of the oral cavity, head, and neck for microscopic analysis and diagnosis.

2). Clinical Oral Pathology. Physicians, general dentists, and dental specialists refer clinical patients for evaluation and treatment of such conditions as:

  • Xerostomia (dry mouth)
  • Autoimmune diseases (lichen planus, pemphigoid, pemphigus, linear IgA disease)
  • Oral ulceration
  • Burning mouth/tongue
  • Oral fungal infections
  • Oral viral infections
  • Orofacial pain
  • Salivary gland disease
  • Oral leukoplakia

More information can be found at www.aaomp.org regarding specific oral conditions.

What types of payment are accepted for treatment?
The doctors in our practice accept most major medical and dental insurances. Please consult with your insurance plan regarding the need for a referral for specialty care and the details for covered services. We also accept most major credit cards, checks, and cash payments. You may contact our office for more information.

Are there any age limits?
There are no age limits.

Where can I get more information?
Please call University Dental Health Services at 412-648-9100 for scheduling with faculty members or 412-648-8616 to be scheduled for an appointment with a student of the School of Dental Medicine.