Oral Pathology: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

Sonal Shah, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Oral pathology findings can be roughly separated into 3 categories based on their behavior/ prognosis. The "Good" category includes flat white lesions such as frictional keratosis, linea alba, and lichenoid lesions. Benign reactive lesions such as fibromas, mucoceles, and the 3 "P" gingival lesions also fall in this group. The "Bad" category includes the epithelial dysplasias and low-grade oral cancers. Finally, high-grade cancers, lymphomas melanomas and metastases comprise the "Ugly" category.