Archive for the ‘ Pathology ’ Category

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

  Over the past several decades, several new “anti-resorptive” drugs such as bisphosphonates have been introduced to treat osteoporosis and some types of cancer.  These medications work to decrease the turnover or remodeling activity that naturally occurs in all bones.  While they work well in preventing catastrophic injuries such as hip fractures and spine fractures, […]

Mucocele – A painless lip bump

  A common procedure that I perform at my office is the surgical removal of a mucocele.  This smooth, raised, painless bump is typically found on the inner “wet” surface (mucosa) of the lower lip.  Other areas where they can appear include the upper lip mucosa, mucosa of the cheeks, or mucosa under the tongue. […]

What is a Dry Socket?

Dry socket is a painful condition that can develop after a tooth extraction surgery.  This condition can be very painful and uncomfortable during the immediate healing phase and may require treatment. The medical term for dry socket is alveolar osteitis which literally means inflammation of the bone that supports the tooth. When a tooth is […]

Oral Biopsy – What to expect

  Part of any dental exam includes a thorough intra-oral examination and x-rays.  Dentists are trained to detect anything that is unusual inside the mouth including bumps, discolorations, or any abnormalities on an x-ray.   Your dentist may refer you to an Oral Surgeon for a biopsy if there are any unusual findings inside your mouth.  […]