Oral Medicine is a specialist clinical area of care for treating head and neck medical diseases. In some instances, mouth symptoms and signs reflect problems only in the mouth. However, in some cases mouth symptoms can suggest a connection with disease or problems in other parts of the body and it is the Oral Medicine specialist who can best decide what tests or investigations are needed in these situations.
Conditions managed in Oral Medicine are often chronic and may have a significant psychological, as well as physical impact on the patient’s quality of life.
Some of these conditions also involve other diseases in the body, and in these cases the oral medicine specialist works as part of a multi-disciplinary patient care team.