What is an Oral Medicine Specialist
An oral medicine specialist diagonoses and manages a wide range of oral mucosal abnormalities, such as ulcers, growths, cancers, infections and allergies; disorders related to the salivary glands; temporomandibular (Jaw) disorders; taste and smell disorders; oral manifestations of systemic and infectious diseases and oral management of obstructive sleep apnoea.
As part of their services, an oral medicine specialist performs a comprehensive range of procedures to diagnose and treat various conditions. These include biopsies; imaging studies like x-rays, CT scans and MRIs; salivary and blood tests; medical management; and specialised injections, such as in the case of TMJ and associated jaw and facial pain. As a trained dentist, your oral medicine specialist may also perform dental procedures as part of your treatment.
An oral medicine specialist works alongside other healthcare practitioners, including general practitioners, dentists, oncologists, immunologist, dermatologist, rheumatologist, sleep physicians and maxillofacial surgeons to formulate a treatment plan.