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Oral Pathology New York

Diagnosing Disease Early

PathologyMucosa is the moist tissue lining the inside of the oral cavity, which, in a healthy mouth, is uniformly smooth and pink. The visible alteration of this tissue by lesions or patches could indicate the presence of a number of diseases, including oral cancer. By providing tissue biopsies and other oral pathology services at his New York practice, Dr. Maurice Edwards helps patients maintain the health of their mouths by diagnosing diseases early. Contact him today to arrange a personal evaluation.

What is Oral Pathology?

Oral pathology is a specialty of dentistry dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. With his extensive education and professional experience in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Edwards routinely performs biopsies of oral and facial tissue, the removal of bony lesions, and the pathology of the sinuses.

Warning Signs

Because any alterations in the oral tissue could indicate the presence of a pathological process, it is important to seek professional evaluation in the case of any of the following:


Red patches on the mucosa, referred to as erythroplakia, could be the earliest sign of oral cancer. The surface of these patches may be rough or smooth in texture, and because their variable size can make them go unnoticed, it is important to submit to regular dental exams. Adding to their subtlety is the fact that the lesions are asymptomatic, so they will not cause pain. While these red patches can be benign, Dr. Edwards may perform a biopsy to ensure the cells are not cancerous.


Leukoplakia refers to precancerous patches that develop on the tongue or cheeks of the mouth. White or gray in color, the lesions typically have a hardened, raised texture, and over time cause discomfort or sensitivity. People who smoke, or have dentures, crowns or bridges with rough edges have a greater likelihood of developing leukoplakia. Dr. Edwards will perform a biopsy of the tissue to ensure an accurate diagnosis, and may remove the lesion to prevent discomfort, infection and the development of cancer.

Additional Signs

There are a variety of pathological processes that affect the oral and maxillofacial regions, and only some of them are correlated to oral cancer. If you are experiencing sores that bleed easily and fail to heal, lumps on the skin, chronic sore throats, or difficulty chewing and swallowing, it is important seek professional evaluation of your symptoms. Dr. Maurice Edwards is available to provide oral pathology evaluations at his New York practice.

Learn More about Oral Pathology

If oral abnormality is cause for concern, Dr. Maurice Edwards can help. By providing caring and professional oral pathology services at his New York practice, Dr. Edwards can help diagnose and treat disease of the mouth and maxillofacial regions before they become severe. Contact Dr. Edwards today to schedule a personal consultation at his modern Manhattan practice.


Dr. Maurice Edwards, D.M.D.

Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

41 East 57th Street, Suite 1204
New York, New York 10022

p: 212 888 8624 f: 212 838 5533