Oral medicine deals with all oral diseases not associated with teeth. One of the greatest specialists in oral medicine is Dr. José López López, who will give us more details about who should go to an expert like him and what are the treatments he does.
What is oral medicine?
In short it is a clinical, academic specialty, dedicated to the diagnosis, management and research of oral diseases that have medical treatment and systemic diseases with oral and facial manifestations.
What kind of patients have to go to an expert in oral medicine?
Any patient who has a condition in the oral cavity can be visited by an expert in oral medicine. We can say that all those who do not attribute their illness to the dental organ, could be the most benefited by an expert in oral medicine.
What techniques and treatments are carried out in oral medicine?
The oral medicine uses in a very special way the handling of the clinical history, that implies a correct exploration in the patients with idea of what can be the cause of their ailment. As complementary techniques there are biopsies and different diagnostic techniques for the image and analytical tests.
How important is prevention and how is it done?
One of the most important problems is the prevention of oral cancer and its complications. Another aspect to be highlighted is the oral pathology associated with immunocompromised patients or with severe systemic pathology. Examples would be patients treated with chemotherapy, with bisphosphonates or who are going to be treated with radiotherapy. The best prevention is to take measures before the problems appear, that means knowing them and be well advised by professionals to try that the problems do not appear or when they appear are the minimum possible.