Burbank’s Premier Oral Pathologist

Oral pathology is a dental specialty covering many different abnormalities and diseases related to the mouth, jaws and face (the maxillofacial area), and related tissue.

When you visit Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental, our dentist will check for abnormalities that could lead to infection or disease. By checking for signs of things such as oral cancer and mumps, Dr. Payam Bostani can help catch any infections or other conditions early and treat them before they become more serious.

If you are experiencing symptoms of an oral pathological process, or if you would like to learn more about oral pathology in Burbank, California, contact us at (818) 975-3572 and schedule an appointment today.

At our office, we are dedicated to helping you stay in optimal oral and overall health. This includes striving to detect and diagnose any conditions or abnormalities as early as possible so you can receive the treatment you need.

During your visits to our office, our dentist and team will check for changes in your oral health and appearance, as well as any other abnormalities that may signal a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer.

We may also detect diseases such as salivary gland disorders, mumps, odontogenic infection, and more.

Oral Cancer

This is one of the more severe conditions an oral pathologist can treat, affecting roughly 50,000 Americans each year which occurs not just in the mouth or tongue, but also the lips and throat.

Thankfully, oral cancer has a much higher chance of being successfully treated when it is identified early. It is also very preventable since it is well known that heavy alcohol consumption and smoking are large contributors to oral cancer.

The following signs may signal a pathological process or cancerous growth:

  • A chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • A sore in the mouth or on the lips, face, or neck that bleeds easily and does not heal within two weeks
  • Difficulty or pain when chewing or swallowing
  • A lump or thickening in the skin lining the inside of the mouth
  • Red, white, or speckled red and white patches in the mouth
  • A change in how the teeth fit together or in how your dentures or other oral appliances fit


Mumps are a viral infection typically affecting the salivary glands which are close to your ears, causing either or both glands to become swollen. While common a few generations ago in the US, since the advent of a mumps vaccine, cases are far fewer.

Mumps cases still occur in the US, however, usually among those who were not vaccinated as children.

Symptoms of mumps often occur two to three weeks after being exposed to the virus. The main sign of mumps infection is a swelling in the glands, causing the cheek to look larger.

Other symptoms of mumps include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle ache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Pain while chewing or swallowing
  • Pain in the swollen salivary glands

“Geographic Tongue”

This condition is also known as Benign Migratory Glossitis or Erythema Migrans, when the papillae (the small bumps) on the tongue go missing in different parts of the tongue, giving it a map-like appearance. This manifests as red and well-defined areas on or around the sides of the tongue.

These red patches can come and go over time and may be extra sensitive to certain substances.

The Trusted Oral Pathologist in Burbank

If you notice any of these symptoms, we encourage you to contact our office for a thorough exam. We may use several types of diagnostic techniques and tools, including radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, and other in-office examinations.

For more information, please to contact us today.