Dental practitioners are sometimes confronted with patients presenting some form of facial swellings. At times the presenting signs and symptoms may be confusing for the clinician, which somehow the correct diagnosis may not be properly made by the examining practitioner. It is important that a proper diagnosis of facial swelling be made so that early identification and treatment of the disease process that brought about facial asymmetry be made.
In some cases early treatment may mean a higher survival rate for the patients especially if such facial swelling is of neoplastic nature. In order to establish what pathological condition caused a facial swelling, proper clinical protocol should be followed. With proper diagnosis, proper treatment can be delivered.
Eliezer B Blanes, DMD
Fellowship Training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, National Taiwan University Hospital
Fellow Philippine College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Asian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Member International Association ofOral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Fellow, International College of Oral Implantologists