A 35-year-old female asked:
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isn't "dental" issue pertaining only to the teeth? when one's palate or roof of mouth was injured during oral procedure, is it medical or dental issue?

3 doctor answers
Dr. Robert Ryan
50 years experience Dentistry
Either: Dentists, oral surgeons and ear, nose and throat physicians all are concerned with the same area of the body. Any of these specialists may be consulted regarding the palate or roof of the mouth.
Answered on Jan 17, 2013
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Not Necessarily: "dental" translates to teeth, but since the teeth are located in the mandible and maxilla, the bones are also included into the scope of the profession. There is an overlap with ENT physicians.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Robert Mokbel
42 years experience Dentistry
Dentist for sure: Dentists are doctors of the mouth, work on teeth, muscles, jaws and joints, oral surgeons can work in the er and perform maxillo-facial surgeries and remove tumors from the palates etc.... The dentist does work on the palate. Physician ENT do work in the throat and thus can perform procedures such as tonsillectomies. Hope this helps.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014

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