Oral and maxillofacial surgeons evaluate abnormalities
and lesions of the mouth and jaws. A diagnostic examination is performed
and is sometimes followed by a biopsy, during which a small sample of the
lesion is taken and submitted for microscopic examination. Treatment of
the abnormality or lesion is dictated by the diagnosis resulting from the
biopsy. Treatment of localized lesions of the mouth and jaws can often be
carried out in the office under local anesthesia and/or IV sedation. More
extensive conditions may require hospitalization. Both physicians and dentists
often refer patients to our office for evaluation of mouth and jaw lesions.
Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons has more information
about oral cancer.