Oral Pathology

Dr. Rabinovich manages a wide variety of oral pathology associated with the mouth. Educated in both medicine (MD, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine) and dentistry (DDS, Columbia University) he is uniquely qualified to treat patients with oral pathology conditions. Patients are often referred by their physician for the management of soft or hard tissue abnormalities. Patients can also rest assured that they will have the best imaging available for pathology via the state-of-the-art iCat 3-D cone beam CT scanner. Dr. Rabinovich is one of the few San Francisco oral surgery centers to have this latest imaging technology on-site.

Soft Tissue Lesions

Oral Pathology Surgeon - Dr. Alex Rabinovich - San Francisco Oral / Maxillofacial SurgeonSoft tissue lesions generally involve ulcers, patches, bumps, and discoloration on the gums, lips, cheek, tongue or salivary glands. Hard tissue pathology encompasses alterations in teeth or bone. Abnormal changes in the mouth typically are detected early as the mouth is readily accessible. Tissue changes do not always mean cancer, but certainly need to evaluated promptly to determine the cause. Since oral cancer kills one person every hour of every day in North America, Dr. Rabinovich strongly encourages performing self-examinations monthly to aid in early recognition as well as routine annual office screening. The things to evaluate when performing self-examinations are:

  • red or white patches of the oral tissues
  • a sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • an abnormal lump or thickening of the tissues of the mouth
  • chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • difficulty in chewing or swallowing
  • a mass or lump in the neck

Hard Tissue Lesions

Teeth or bone lesions (hard tissue lesions) are often unrecognized by patients until a radiographic image sheds light on their existence. At the Oral Surgery San Francisco patients can rest assured that they will have the best imaging available for pathology via the iCat 3-D cone beam CT scanner.

Most of our oral surgery procedures are performed in our state-of-the-art outpatient surgical facility under local anesthesia or light sedation. However, full general anesthesia is also available when necessary. Our patients’ safety, comfort, and privacy are our primary concern.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment at our Oral Surgery San Francisco, please contact us today. We look forward to providing you with the personal care you deserve. Our office staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and here to help you with a smile.

Call Oral Surgery San Francisco today at (415) 817-9991, or email us at info@oralsurgery-sf.com.