Oral medicine

What we do

We diagnose and treat mouth and jaw conditions that do not need surgery. These include:

  • abnormalities of the lining of your mouth:
  • white or red or pigmented patches
  • lumps and bumps
  • ulcers
  • pain in your face, jaw or mouth
  • mouth dryness and salivary gland disorders.

We see patients with suspected oral cancer within two weeks of referral.

We are also carry out research such as:

  • oral cancer in young people and the care they receive
  • oral cancer screening tests
  • using laser technology to remove precancerous sores (oral leukoplakia).

We do not treat common dental disorders such as tooth and gum disease or mouth trauma/injuries. These are treated by other units at King's Dental Institute.

Preparing for your appointment

Please bring to your appointment:

  • a referral letter from your GP or dentist
  • a completed medical history form
  • the name and address of your GP or dentist (GP if referred by your dentist, dentist if referred by your GP).


Ground floor, Dental Institute, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

  • Main Reception: +44 (0)20 3299 3263

Conditions we treat

  • Oral ulcers/ulceration.
  • Lumps and swellings of the oral cavity (including lymphadenopathy).
  • White and red patches (including lichen planus and oral submucous fibrosis) suggestive of potentially malignant disease or malignancy.
  • Stomatitis (including candidosis) and chelitis (or cheliosis).
  • Pigmentary conditions of the oral mucosa.
  • Facial pain and burning mouth symptoms.
  • Dry mouth or other symptoms related to salivary gland disease.

We offer a urgent two-week referrals service for the following:

  • Oral ulcer/lump that has lasted more than two weeks and is unexplained/ persistent and unresolved following the removal of an obvious local cause(s) considered suspicious of a malignancy.
  • A persistent oral ulcer associated with unexplained tooth mobility not associated with periodontal disease.
  • A patient with an acute episode of severe and somewhat generalised oral ulceration in lips, mouth or oro-pharynx.
  • Any patient with a blistering disease that leads to oral ulceration.

Booking a patient at King's

Appointments for this service are made via the national e-Referral Service. Please see the e-referral page for more information.

Other ways to refer

Routine Referrals

Complete the referral form below and email it to kch-tr.dentalmaillist@nhs.net, or post it to:

The Dental Institute
Central Referrals Office
King's College Hospital
Denmark Hill
London SE5 9RS

Emergency Referrals
Other Queries

For other enquiries, phone the Department Clinical Secretary on 020 3299 2872.

Referral Forms

Please complete the relevant form and note any pre-consultation investigations required:

Key Clinical Staff

Name Job Title
Dr Shahid Chaudhry Consultant
Mr Timothy Poate Consultant
Prof Saman Warnakulasuriya Professor in Oral Medicine