April 4-8, 2017 Annual Meeting
|Life and Careers in Oral Medicine|
An oral medicine doctor is trained to diagnose and manage patients with disorders of the orofacial region, essentially as a "physician of the mouth." An oral medicine doctor has received additional specialized training and experience in the diagnosis and management of oral mucosal abnormalities (growths, ulcers, infection, allergies, immune-mediated and autoimmune disorders, cancers), salivary gland disorders, temporomandibular disorders (e.g.: problems with the TMJ) and facial pain (due to musculoskeletal or neurologic conditions), taste and smell disorders; and recognition of the oral manifestations of systemic and infectious diseases.
As part of the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions, oral medicine doctors may perform procedures such as:
In addition, oral medicine doctors provide dental treatment, or advise dentists about the treatment of patients with complex medical conditions. Oral medicine doctors receive special training in general medicine, oral pathology and oral radiology. Dental training includes advanced general dentistry and dentistry in a hospital setting and dental treatment of medically complex patients (e.g.: cancer, transplant, heart, kidney patients).
Oral medicine doctors can work at one or a combination of the following settings:
Oral medicine doctors typically partner with and work closely with the following other types of healthcare professionals: