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Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is the specialty of dentistry and the discipline of pathology that addresses the nature, identifi cation, and management of diseases
affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. As such, it occupies a unique position in the health care community for both the dental and medical professions. Naturally, members of the dental profession (including general practitioners, specialists, and dental hygienists) must have a good knowledge of the pathogenesis, clinical features, treatment, and prognosis for oral and paraoral diseases. Likewise, such knowledge is important for those in the medical profession, especially for physicians who specialize in such areas as otolaryngology, dermatology, and pathology.
The purpose of the third edition of this text remains the same: to provide the reader with a comprehensive discussion of the wide variety of diseases that may affect the oral and maxillofacial region. Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology has been organized to serve as a primary teaching text, although it should also be a valuable reference source for the practicing clinician. Chapters have been created that include disease processes of a similar source (e.g., “Bacterial Infections,” “Salivary Gland Pathology,” “Bone Pathology,” “Dermatologic Diseases”), because the basic understanding of pathology is facilitated by discussing diseases of a similar nature at the same time. Only after attaining this basic understanding can the clinician tackle the diffi cult task of clinical diagnosis and treatment. With this in mind, a comprehensive appendix is included at the end of the book to help the clinician with the differential diagnosis of oral and maxillofacial disease processes.
It is impossible to write a book that perfectly matches the requirements of every reader. Because all the authors are involved in teaching, the subjects selected for inclusion in this text primarily refl ect what is taught in courses on oral and maxillofacial pathology. Although dental caries is undeniably a common and important disease affecting the oral cavity, it is usually not taught in an oral and maxillofacial pathology course; rather, it is taught elsewhere in most dental schools’ curricula. Therefore, we have not included a chapter on dental caries. Similarly, our discussion on common gingivitis and periodontitis is limited in scope, although for all the cases shared with us. However, if someone’s name has been inadvertently omitted, please accept our apologies.