How general dentists could manage a patient with oral lichen planus

Jairo Robledo-Sierra, Isaäc van der Waal

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Abstract

Background: The literature hardly contains information on how patients suffering from oral lichen planus could be managed by dentists. Material and Methods: Based on the limited available literature and particularly on the long-term clinical and histopathological experience of one of the authors, suggestions on how dentists could manage patients with oral lichen planus have been put forward. Results: In most cases, the dentist should be able to establish a correct diagnosis. Occasionally, the dentist may call upon a specialist, usually an oral medicine specialist or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for confirmation of the diagnosis, possibly a biopsy procedure, and management of the patient in case of severe symptoms. Proper patient information is of utmost importance in the management. Conclusions: General dentists can be expected to manage the majority of patients with oral lichen planus. Some patients may need to be referred for diagnostic purposes to a specialist; this is also the case for the rare patient with severe symptoms, possibly requiring systemic treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e198-e202
JournalMedicina oral patologia oral y cirugia bucal
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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