Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

The face, neck and jaws are some of the most complex anatomical regions in the human body. Abnormalities of this structure are commonly referred to as “Pathology”. The specialty Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is concerned with diagnosis and study of the causes and effects of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial region. It is sometimes considered to be a specialty of dentistry and pathology. Sometimes the term head and neck pathology is used instead, but this might imply that the pathologist deals with otorhinolaryngologic disorders (i.e. ear, nose and throat) in addition to maxillofacial disorders. In this role there is some overlap between the expertise of head and neck pathologists and that of endocrine pathologists.

  • Congenital
  • Malocclusion
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Macroglossia
  • Ankyloglossia
  • Stafne defect
  • Torus palatinus
  • Torus mandibularis
  • Eagle syndrome