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UW School of Dentistry

Department of Oral Medicine

Oral Medicine Clinic

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

Dr. Truelove, author of article
History of the Department (PDF)

This history of the department appeared in the spring 2022 issue of the Dental Alumni News.