UW School of Dentistry

Department of Oral Medicine

Our Mission

The University of Washington Department of Oral Medicine is a global leader in patient care, teaching and research involving diagnosis and nonsurgical management of diseases of the orofacial complex and systemic and behavioral disorders that impact oral health, including:

  • Orofacial pain, including temporomandibular disorders (TMD)
  • Neurosensory and motor disorders
  • Mucosal diseases
  • Oral cancer and complications of cancer therapy
  • Dental care for patients with disabilities
  • Salivary dysfunction
  • Oral complications of systemic illnesses
  • Craniofacial imaging and other diagnostics
  • Dental urgent care

We value:

  • Excellence and integrity in all areas of our mission – teaching, research and patient care
  • Education of students and professionals in the delivery and evaluation of clinical care guided by evidence-based patient care principles
  • Diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints among our faculty, staff and students
  • Collaboration with colleagues in the School, the University and in the community – regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Compassion for patients, students and colleagues