A program that focuses on the scientific study of the growth, development, diseases, healing properties, and neurological components of the oral cavity, related tissues and organs, and associated craniofacial areas. Includes instruction in oral microbiology microanatomy, craniofacial pain, humoral aspects of disease, etiology and histology of caries, plaque ecology, wound healing, oral disease epidemiology, oral manifestations of systemic disease, lesions, normal and pathologic physiology, and related molecular and physical studies.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.  The dental specialty of oral and maxillofacial pathology concerns itself with the causes and effects of diseases of the head and neck regions, the mouth, the face, and the jaws. As the American Dental Association describes the combination specialty of dentistry and pathology, the nature, identification and management of diseases of the head and neck and the causes, processes, and effects of those diseases, are the interest of oral and maxillofacial pathologists.

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) provides a strong synopsis of advanced training in the specialty of oral and maxillofacial pathology. The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (www.aaomp.org) sets the standards for and supervises the activities of dentists who have the additional advanced training and residency certification in oral and maxillofacial pathology.