Oral medicine is the discipline concerned with the oral health of medically complex patients and collaboration with other veterinary professionals is essential. It is primarily a non-surgical discipline and most commonly performed procedure is a biopsy (tissue sampling for further examinations). Treatment may pose a challenge and commonly includes local and systemic medical treatments.
Within the oral medicine discipline we commonly diagnose and manage patients with oral manifestations of systemic diseases, immune-mediated diseases and chronic oral (non-periodontal) inflammatory diseases, salivary gland diseases, oral complications resulting from cancer treatment and orofacial pain including temporomandibular joint disorders.
Some of the more common conditions that we will see in veterinary oral medicine are feline chronic gingivostomatitis, canine chronic ulcerative stomatitis, eosinophilic granuloma complex, masticatory muscle myositis and idiopathic trigeminal neuritis.
If you have noted any problems with your animal, please consult your veterinarian.