Oral Pathology and Medicine

This section includes Oral Anatomy, Oral Pathology, Clinical Oral Physiology and Oral Medicine.

The clinical activities in this section focus on diagnostics and non-surgical treatment of conditions and diseases of the oral mucosa, jaws, temporomandibular joints, masticatory muscles and salivary glands, including persistent facial pain and taste disturbances.

The aim of our research and teaching is to improve orofacial health. Focus is given to normal function as well as improved prevention, detection, diagnostics and treatment of oral diseases and their sequelae. Some of these diseases may arise as part of a systemic disease and/or the treatment thereof.

Undergraduate teaching ranges from the cellular level to highly specialised dental disciplines comprising general and oral anatomy, cell biology, oral biology, oral pathology, gerodontics, oral neurophysiology and physiology, oral medicine, including clinical oral physiology, and clinical skills.

Teaching of the basic biomedical disciplines is conducted in cooperation with the faculty's School of Medical Health, while the section is solely responsible for the teaching of specific dental disciplines. Out of the 10 full-time scientific staff members more than 2 teach basic biomedical disciplines.

The research activities focus on oral mucosa and salivary gland diseases in particular, including xerostemia, adverse drug reactions, oral cancer and precancer and diseases/dysfunctions of the temporomandibular joints/masticatory muscles and orofacial pain.

The section also provides diagnostic oral pathology service for biopsies and surgical specimens submitted by other sections at the department and from the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. Furthermore, pathology departments nationwide submit specimens for consultation and there is a good collaboration with a series of pathology departments.