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What is Oral Medicine?

Oral Medicine is a specialty of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis and non-surgical management of a variety of conditions affecting the teeth, mouth, and jaws.


The scope of Oral Medicine includes:

• Temporomandibular disorders (TMD), commonly called “TMJ Pain”

• Myofascial pain, headaches, & neck pain

• Oral appliance therapy for medically-diagnosed snoring & sleep apnea

• Post-traumatic mouth, jaw, & facial pain

• Atypical toothache (odontalgia) & neuropathic pain after dental procedures or injury

• Soft tissue lesions & conditions, including tongue pain, canker sores, lichen planus

• Infections such as herpes (cold sores) & candidiasis (thrush and other forms)

• Oral dryness (xerostomia) & other salivary problems (e.g. Sjögren’s Syndrome)

• Oral burning & Burning Mouth Syndrome

• Dysgeusia, phantom tastes, & other taste or sensory complaints

• Halitosis (bad breath)

• Other conditions