Some of the most common problems related to Oral medicine that we have diagnosed and treated in our clinic have been:
- Ulcers: Most ulcers resolve themselves without medication over a period of 7 to 10 days. However, ulcers that keeps recurring or stay longer than 10 days might have to be diagnosed further. This can be done by taking a proper history, a careful examination, carrying out various tests or maybe carrying out a biopsy. They could have causes such as the outcome of certain medications, skin rashes having manifestations in the mouth, viral, bacterial or fungal infections, as a part of some systemic medical diseases and, rarely, malignancy.
- Autoimmune diseases: Autoimmune diseases are those in which the body’s defense cells start acting against the body’s organs and tissues. Sjogren’s syndrome which could be a primary condition or could be secondary to another autoimmune disorder is one of the most common but rarely diagnosed autoimmune disorders. Since there is lack of saliva and tears in this disorder, it is commonly diagnosed at the dentist’s office.
Patients suffering from various autoimmune diseases such as Psoriasis, Systemic Lupus erythematosus or Scleroderma could also benefit from dental intervention at our centre.
- Severe inflammatory reactions: such as Oral Lichen Planus : lesions can appear as either white, lacy, raised patches of tissue that resemble spiderwebs or tender, swollen patches that are bright red. They can cause pain, burning or other discomfort to the patient
- Temporomandibular disorders: We deal with relieving painful temporomandibular joints at our clinic. However, the surgical aspect of Temporomandibular Joints is dealt by our specialists in other hospitals.
So what is Oral Medicine?
Oral Medicine specialists are basically ‘physicians of the mouth’. We, at Citylife Dental deal with disorders of the mouth involving ulcers, precancerous lesions, biopsies, immune mediated and autoimmune disorders affecting the mouth, recognition of oral manifestation of systemic diseases and treatment of temporomandibular disorders.
What can be done by the patients suffering from such disorders ?
- Keeping the mouth plaque free and reinforcement by your Periodontist is of utmost importance in such cases.
- Additionally, good hydration of the mouth which involves drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugery drinks could be extremely beneficial
- Medications advised by your dentist/Oral Medicine specialist should be followed to keep your mouth free of discomfort and burning sensation.
- Report immediately in case of a flare up
How can Citylife Dental help you with such oral (mouth) problems?
- Please follow all of the above self-advice.
- Regular visits and check to the dentist, possibly once in 6 weeks to get yourself evaluated while the treatment is going on.
- Report immediately in case of a flare up.