What is Oral Medicine?
Updated: Sep 5, 2019
I get asked this a lot.. so I created a short video!
Oral Medicine is that specialist branch of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, prevention and predominantly non-surgical management of medically-related disorders and conditions affecting the oral and maxillofacial region, in particular oral mucosal disease and orofacial pain, as well as the oral health care of medically complex patients.
The Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia is the peak body representing Oral Medicine Specialists and the field of Oral Medicine, and is the authoritative adviser and policy maker on matters related to education, training, assessment and accreditation in Oral Medicine.
Oral Diseases and Disorders we see include:
White, red and pigmented lesions
Ulcers and blisters
Lumps, bumps and tumours
Oral cancer and precancer lesions
Oral infections such as thrush and cold sores
Salivary gland dysfunction and dry mouth
Abnormal sensations of the mouth, including burning sensation
Oral allergies and adverse reactions to drugs
Oral complications of systemic diseases
Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction we see include:
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD/TMJ)
Jaw muscle pain
Jaw joint clicking and locking
Teeth grinding and clenching (Bruxism)
Facial and trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain)
Burning and sore mouth
We also see patients for oral appliance provision for snoring and obstructive sleep aponea.