Foundation Dental Services, together with Dr Simon Moore (Precise Oral Patholgy), are one of only a handful of dental specialist teams in Queensland providing in-clinic Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology Services for the community of greater Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. This specialist service includes diagnosis right through to clinical management and treatment of any suspicious or unusual lesions in the mouth.

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday: 9.00 - 5.00

We can help you with:

  • Diagnosis of lesions or changes involving the soft tissues of the mouth.
  • Excisional or Incisional biopsies.
  • Long term management of chronic concerns – e.g. Dry Mouth Syndrome, HIV complications, Mucocutaneous Disorders (e.g. Lichen Planus / Lichenoid Drug Reactions) or medication adverse reaction advice.

The importance of regular oral examinations cannot be over emphasised as there are a number of common conditions that are now classified as “potentially malignant” changes in the mouth.

You may not experience any pain, but any change in the mouth that doesn't resolve within a few days should be investigated by an Oral Medicine specialist to rule out any more sinister issues.

If you or your dentist are concerned about a change in your mouth, then please book an appointment with us as soon as possible. Time is of the essence when dealing with any potentially malignant changes of the tissues in the mouth.

Mouth cancers, although very rare, are extrememly serious and very diffifult to treat. The symptoms are often pain-free and do not present obvious signs of an urgent issue. This is why these deadly cancers can go undetected until it’ s potentially too late to treat or manage them conservatively.

If you are unsure about your oral health and changes in the mouth then here are some commonly asked questions to help you decide if a consultation with an Oral Medicine specialist is warranted.

Should I worry about mouth cancer?

Although these cancers are quite rare the consequences of them going undetected are very serious. These cancers, even when they are small, can prove very difficult to treat. It is therefore wise to concentrate on early diagnosis and early removal for the best prognosis.

If you have any suspicious lesions in the mouth we strongly suggest you book a consultation to rule out any more sinister issues.

How will I know if I have mouth cancer?
What should I look for?

Mouth cancers can be difficult to find or notice because they are often painless. However, if you or your dentist have noticed a change in the skin lining the mouth, you have a strange ‘ sensation’ , or the gum or lining has a strange altered feel, then it would be wise to have it checked out and we would recommend you book a consultation appointment.

Do I need a referral?

No, you don’ t have to have a referral. If you are concerned about a lesion or change in your mouth you can book a consultation directly with Foundation Dental Services. However, it often helps if your general dentist can summarise the clinical history for us via a more formal referral.

A key focus at FDS is to work closely with your general dentist, medical practitioner and other allied health team to ensure a co-ordinated approach to your care. Our role is to diagnose and recommend management and treatment of anylesions, with your general dental team often then stepping back in for ongoing monitoring of the area of concern as you move forward.

Do I need to return regularly for a review if I have been diagnosed with an unusual lesion?

This will be discussed with you by your FDS specialist but as a general rule if you have shown a tendency to develop unusual lesions that can be ‘ pre-malignant’ then it is wise to have a regular formal annual review with an FDS Oral Medicine specialist. This way any changes can be identified and acted upon promptly.

If you are unsure about your oral health and changes in the mouth then here are some commonly asked questions to help you decide if a consultation with an Oral Medicine specialist is warranted.

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Our experience places us well up among the leading specialist groups in South-East Queensland, yet we also strive to maintain that ‘personal touch’ by being independent family owned & operated.

What happens in my consultation at Foundation Dental Services?

Your Oral Medicine specialist will review your medical history and take a detailed clinical history of your concern. They want to determine whatchanges or feelings you or your dentist have noticed that led to the referral.

This will be followed by an oral examination with the findings then discussed with you. Recommended treatment may be as simple as regular monitoring or it may involve a small biopsy procedure.

Some lesions can be treated immediately and completely by simple removal, (i.e. excisional biopsy), while others may need a referral on to another dental specialist or radiologist (for X-rays) to clarify the diagnosis

Your Oral Medicine specialist will compile a detailed clinical report for your general dentist outlining the findings and detailing any treatment recommendations.

Do I still need to see my regular dentist?

We work in consultation with your general dentist and you should continue to see your dentist for your routine general dental check-ups and cleans.

If you have been treated for an oral lesion then it will depend on the nature of the lesion (and its risk of turning malignant or recurring) as to whether the follow-up monitoring is carried out by the Oral Medicine Specialist at FDS or if it can be followed up by your general dentist.

Regardless, at the first sign of any return of signs of change or symptoms of discomfort you should immediately return straight to FDS for a clinical review.

Who is at risk of mouth cancer?

Smokers and those with a family history of mouth cancers have a higher risk of developing mouth cancer.

However, ANYONE with an unusual lesion or change to the soft tissue lining of the mouth should immediately arrange for their mouth to be checked.

There are certain sites in the mouth that are at a higher risk for developing mouth cancers or pre-cancerous lesions. These are: the floor of mouth; the tongue, and the back corners of the mouth. However, mouth cancers can turn up pretty much anywhere in the mouth so DO NOT DELAY in seeking a review if you notice any unusual lesions or changes in your mouth.

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