Oral Medicine Clinical Practice
Providing Patient Care In The San Francisco
Bay Area Since 1996
Oral Medicine Mountain View
More About Oral Medicine
Q: When should I see an oral medicine specialist?
A: An oral medicine specialist can help you if you have any of the following problems:
* Dry mouth
* White changes in the mouth
* Red changes in the mouth * Pigmented changes in the mouth
* Ulcers in the mouth
* A mass or growth in the mouth
* Oral discomfort including burning sensations in the mouth
Q: What should I expect at the first oral medicine consultation appointment?
A: At your first visit in our office, Dr. Nita Chainani-Wu will discuss your concerns and review in detail your medical and dental histories with you. She will perform a detailed oral examination for any abnormalities and discuss the possible causes and treatment options with you. If more definitive diagnosis needed, she may recommend a simple biopsy at the same visit or at another time. Your report from the pathology laboratory is usually available within a week. If necessary, a carbon dioxide laser may be used during a biopsy procedure or if excision of an oral lesion or mass is required.
Q: What type of problems are oral medicine specialists trained to diagnose and treat?
Oral medicine specialists are trained to evaluate changes in the mouth including white changes, red changes, ulcers, growths as well as unusual and/or chronic oral discomfort, and determine the diagnosis and any associated systemic condition. In addition, they evaluate the oral cavity prior to and manage complications from chemotherapy and radiation in patients with head and neck cancers.