Oral medicine is concerned with clinical diagnosis and non-surgical management of non-dental pathologies affecting the orofacial region (the mouth and the lower face).
Many systemic diseases have signs or symptoms that manifest in the orofacial region. Pathologically, the mouth may be afflicted by many cutaneous and gastrointestinal conditions. There is also the unique situation of hard tissues penetrating the epithelial continuity (Unlike teeth, hair and nails are actually intra-epithelial tissues). The biofilm that covers teeth therefore causes unique pathologic entities known as plaque-induced diseases.
Another aspect of the field is managing the dental and oral condition of medically compromised patients such as cancer patients suffering from related oral mucositis, bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaws or oral pathology related to radiation therapy.
Additionally, it is involved in the diagnosis and management of dry mouth conditions (such as Sjögren's syndrome) and non-dental chronic orofacial pain, such as burning mouth syndrome, trigeminal neuralgia and temporomandibular joint disorder.
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The aim of the learning and teaching materials in this Dentaljuce module is to allow learners to develop their professional knowledge, understanding and competence in oral medical conditions, in line with their identified personal learning requirements.
- to teach the clinical diagnosis and non-surgical management of non-dental pathologies affecting the orofacial region.
Anticipated learning outcomes:The learner will, with respect to the components that he or she has elected to study as listed below:
- know how to diagnose and provide appropriate care/management for patients with BMS, Sjogrens, Behcets, Herpes, Pemphigus, Candidosis, and many other orofacial conditions.
- be able to provide appropriate precautions and pre-operative and post-operative dental care when treating transplant patients.
- understand the relevance of Bisphosphonates to dental care, and provide appropriate precautions.
- gain knowledge of the diagnosis and management of many other non-dental pathologies.
- through achieving these outcomes, provide an improved level of service to their patients.
GDC Development Outcomes
This CPD will support the learner