Oral Medicine

Oral medicine is the specialty of dentistry concerned with the oral health care of medically complex patients and with the diagnosis and non-surgical management of medically-related disorders or conditions affecting the oral and maxillofacial region.

Oral medicine specialists provide oral health care of medically complex patients and diagnosis and treatment of medically-related disorders that affect the mouth. They receive hospital-based training in a variety of medical specialties including, internal medicine, oncology, and dermatology.

Oral oncology is a sub-section of oral medicine that provides the medically necessary care before, during and after cancer treatment that can prevent and reduce the incidence of complications of cancer or its treatment, enhance survival and improve quality of life.

Oral Medicine Services Include

  • Orofacial Pain Disorders
    • Tempromandibular disorders
    • Burning Mouth Syndrome
    • Sensory and movement disorders
    • Taste and smell disorders
    • Atypical orofacial and tooth pain
    • Facial and trigeminal neuralgias
    • Migraine and headache disorders
  • Oral Mucosal Disorders
    • Canker sores
    • Oral manifestations of systemic diseases (e.g. lupus, crohn disease, etc)
    • Autoimmune and inflammatory conditions (lichen planus, pemphigus, pemphigoid)
    • Oral contact allergies
    • Viral, bacterial and fungal infections
    • Benign growths of the oral cavity
    • Bad breath/halitosis
  • Salivary Gland Disorders
    • Salivary gland infection
    • Dry mouth
    • Salivary gland pathology
  • Sleep Breathing Disorders (Sleep Apnea)

Oral Oncology Services Include

  • Pre-cancer of the lip and oral cavity (actinic cheilitis, leukoplakia/erythroplakia, oral submucous fibrosis)
  • Post-treatment survellience of oral cancer
  • Pre-treatment oral evaluation
    • Prior to head and neck radiation therapy
    • Prior to stem cell transplant (bone marrow transplant)
    • Prior to solid organ transplant
    • Prior to initiating anti-resorptive therapy (i.e., Zometa)
  • Management of cancer treatment oral complications
    • Mucositis
    • Xerostomia
    • Trismus
    • Graft vs. host disease
    • Osteoradionecrosis

Meet Our Oral Medicine Specialists

Kate Ciarrocca

Kate Ciarrocca

Education

  • DMD, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
  • MSEd, University of Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship, Oral Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Scott S. De Rossi

Scott S. De Rossi

Education

  • DMD, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
  • Certificate, Oral Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Ali Shazib

Ali Shazib

Education

  • DMD, Boston University School of Dental Medicine
  • Oral Medicine Residency, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Wesley Sherrell

Wesley Sherrell

Education

  • DMD, Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University
  • Certificate, Oral Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine