The Analysis and Study of First Visit Outpatients in Oral Medicine

구강내과에 내원한 신환에 관한 분석 연구

  • Ko, Myung-Yun (Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Pusan National University) ;
  • Heo, Jun-Young (Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Pusan National University) ;
  • Ok, Su-Min (Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Pusan National University) ;
  • Kim, Kyung-Hee (Dept. of Oral Medicine, Pusan Paik Hospital, Inje University) ;
  • Jeong, Sung-Hee (Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Pusan National University) ;
  • Ahn, Yong-Woo (Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Pusan National University)
  • 고명연 (부산대학교 치의학전문대학원 구강내과학 교실) ;
  • 허준영 (부산대학교 치의학전문대학원 구강내과학 교실) ;
  • 옥수민 (부산대학교 치의학전문대학원 구강내과학 교실) ;
  • 김경희 (인제대학교 부산백병원 구강내과학교실) ;
  • 정성희 (부산대학교 치의학전문대학원 구강내과학 교실) ;
  • 안용우 (부산대학교 치의학전문대학원 구강내과학 교실)
  • Received : 2013.05.13
  • Accepted : 2013.06.04
  • Published : 2013.06.30


Oral Medicine includes temporomandibular disorder, orofacial pains such as neuropathic pain, soft tissue diseases, halitosis, laser treatment, snoring, sleep apnea and identification through forensic dentistry etc. Such diseases are relatively common and cause great inconvenience and pain to the patients, as well as incur fatal health scare at times. In terms of oral medicine, the number of orofacial patients is growing due to a change in the life style and an increased stress as time goes in contemporary society and the demand of areas requiring oral medical professionalism, such as soft tissue lesions, snoring and sleep apnea, forensic dentistry evaluation and others are rapidly ascending. Consequently, among the areas in dental science, the calls for the expertism in oral medicine and its role are mounting. Analyzing the distribution according to disease entity, symptoms, duration of disease, and the prehistory courses of new patients visiting the department of oral medicine in a year provides information of the role and the relative importance of oral medicine in prospect and enables effective diagnosis and treatments for the patients. Therefore, in the present study, by analyzing new patients visiting the oral medicine clinic in our dental hospital for a year and by evaluating the role and the professionalism in future oral medicine, the authors concluded the followings: 1. It was founded that new patients to oral medicine mainly had temporomandibular disorders, soft tissue diseases, and neuropathic pains. 2. The number of patients with temporomandibular disorder appeared to be the highest percentage and the order within this was the patients with combined disorders, muscle disorder, and internal derangement of joint disc. 3. The number of patients with xerostomia appeared to be the highest percentage within soft tissue disease, followed by lichen planus and recurrent apthous ulcers. 4. The number of patients with burning mouth syndrome appeared to be the highest percentage within neuropathic pain.


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