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Oral Medicine

The Oral Medicine Service provides diagnosis, management, and long-term surveillance of:

  • Mucosal pathology
  • Salivary gland pathology
  • Orofacial pain, not related to the teeth

Diagnostic procedures may include biopsies, which can generally done under local anaesthetic. If you are anxious, other arrangements can be made.

We may also request blood tests or medical imaging. These may need to be completed outside the hospital.

How can I use this service?

Patients must first be seen by their dentist or medical doctor. The dentist or medical doctor will write a referral to our department that asks us to provide the treatment you need. 

What should I bring to my first appointment?

To find out what you should bring to your appointment, click here.

How do I get there?

To plan your journey to the clinic click here to find the best way of getting here.

What to expect at your appointment

The First Appointment

Your first appointment will generally be for a consultation only. This allows us to fully understand your problem and learn about your general health, including medicines you might be taking which may affect the mouth or impact upon our proposed management.

Options for management will be explained to you and a management plan will be worked out that both you and our specialist team will be happy with.

Who will I meet at my appointment

You will meet a dentist who works in the Oral Medicine Service. This may be a specialist or a registered dentist who is undergoing specialist training. A specialist trainee will always discuss your case with their supervising specialist.