Oral Pathology: Techniques for Detection and Differential Diagnosis

Released: Thursday, March 22, 2018

Expires: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

By Cynthia Blendermann Perone, DDS

Commercial Supporter: PDS University — Institute of Dentistry

A variety of mechanisms and technologies are available to help identify, screen, and diagnose common oral pathologies and oral abnormalities. The article will focus on implementing these tools into practice, as well as key areas to explore when making a differential diagnosis, which may involve referring to a specialist in some situations.


  • Describe how to identify and differentiate between common abnormalities of the mouth and surrounding areas.

  • Define screening methods and tools to aid in the detection of oral pathologies.

  • Discuss how to confidently make a differential diagnosis.

About the Author

Cynthia Blendermann Perone, DDS, Private Practice, Destin, Florida

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