Oral pathology services

Just like other areas of your body, your mouth can develop diseases or abnormalities requiring treatment.

Oral pathology focuses on conditions affecting your mouth, including your salivary glands, jaw bones and soft tissues like your tongue, lips and cheeks.

What is an oral pathologist

Oral pathologists are dentists who specialise in oral and maxillofacial pathology (the diagnosis, and treatment of diseases in the teeth, gums, bones, joints, glands, skin, and muscles around your mouth). These include burning mouth syndrome, dry mouth, lichen planus, oral candidiasis, mouth ulcers and oral malignancy.

Dental Screening


Our dentists check your mouth for signs of oral pathology during routine check-ups

Full Mouth Rehabilitation


Our oral pathologist sees patients with concerning signs or symptoms, conducts tests and diagnoses conditions.

Strong and beautiful biocompatible solution


Our oral pathologist provides evidence-based treatment for your condition.

Warning signs

It’s important to be aware of the early warning signs of oral cancer so you know when to see an oral pathologist. Your dentist will usually look for these signs in your regular check-ups but we also recommend that you ask your dentist to do an oral cancer screen, particularly if you have a history of melanoma.

Signs of oral pathology
Lumps, bumps or rough areas
Red, white or discoloured patches
Persistent sores or ulcers that bleed easily or fail to heal
Persistent hoarseness or sore throat
Difficulty chewing or swallowing
Gums that bleed excessively when you floss or brush

If you have pain in your mouth or jaw, please contact us as this should also be investigated.

What does an oral pathology appointment involve?

Seeing an oral pathologist is, in many ways, very similar to seeing a dentist except that the focus is on mouth disease.

During your appointment, your oral pathologist may:

Discuss your reasons for being there
Ask you about your overall health
Examine any abnormalities
Perform a biopsy if necessary – we give you a local anaesthetic then carefully remove a small sample of tissue from the suspicious area and send it to the lab for testing.
Conduct other tests (such as blood tests) if required.

You’ll usually have a follow-up appointment to discuss any test results and determine a program of treatment.