Radiographic Interpretation in Oral Medicine and Hospital Dental Practice



Oral medicine practice includes the diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of oral and orofacial diseases and oral manifestations of systemic conditions. Oral medicine specialists in medical and dental settings often require imaging in assessment and treatment of these conditions. This article reviews imaging that may be used in practice, particularly as relevant for facial pain, bone conditions, and salivary gland disease. It reviews imaging that may be considered in a hospital setting for assessment of admitted patients, patient evaluation before surgical procedures, and provision of dentistry in a hospital setting for patients who cannot submit to treatment in an outpatient setting.

Keywords: Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT); Facial pain; Hospital dentistry; Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); Oral medicine; Positron emission computed tomography (PET); Salivary gland disease; Temporomandibular disorders.

Conflict of interest statement

Disclosure The authors have nothing to disclose.