Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Services Now Available at BMC
The Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is pleased to welcome Vikki Noonan, DMD, DMSc. With Dr. Noonan’s arrival, a variety of new oral medicine and oral pathology services are now available for the first time at BMC.
Oral and maxillofacial pathology is the science that examines and treats the causes, processes, and effects of diseases of the head, neck, face, mouth, tongue, and jaws. “We see our dentists for problems involving our teeth and other parts of our mouth. Sometimes patients develop problems in the mouth that are difficult to diagnose,” states Noonan, a board-certified specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology who also serves as the Director of Clinical Oral Pathology and the Co-Director of the Center for Oral Diseases at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. “I can help offer diagnosis and treatment for them.”
The oral cavity houses teeth, contains bone, blood vessels, nerves, salivary glands, taste buds, and muscle tissue. Any of these structures can be prone to various pathologies, which can range from bumps, white spots, growths, or swellings on the gum tissue, cheeks, or lips. While these are often benign, they should not be ignored. Following proper evaluation, BMC’s specialists often recommend biopsy or close follow up with the assistance of a dentist.
Patients can get a referral from their primary care physician to make an appointment with Dr. Noonan, whose clinic is located in the brand new Moakley addition on the BMC campus. Appointments can be made by calling 617.638.4775 and patients should arrive with information about their past medical history, present problem, current medications, and any relevant pathology reports.
For more information, visit BMC.org/oralmaxillofacialsurgery.