Oral Medicine is defined by the American Academy of Oral Medicine as the discipline of dentistry concerned with the oral health care of medically complex patients – including the diagnosis and management of medical conditions that affect the oral and maxillofacial region.
Oral Medicine is primarily a non-surgical specialty with procedures limited to diagnostic biopsies, small excisions, therapeutic injections, and other minor surgical interventions. In many cases, conditions are managed medically with the use of topical and systemic medications.
Dr. Ray expert in the diagnosis and management of patients with:
- Oral mucosal and salivary gland diseases
- Oral complications resulting from systemic disease
- Oral complications from cancer treatment
- Chemosensory and neurologic impairment of the oral and maxillofacial complex
- Orofacial pain including temporomandibular disorders
Dr. Ray has direct access to a broad range of laboratory and diagnostic facilities, including intraoral and panoramic digital radiography, CT, and other advanced imaging modalities, microbiological testing, and clinical and surgical pathology services. Also, he actively collaborates with other medical specialists in disciplines, including oncology, hematology, cardiology, immunology, dermatology, rheumatology, and endocrinology in the Eastside and Seattle network.