The article by Laeijendecker et al1 in this month’s Archives on the relationship between oral lesions of lichen planus and allergy to amalgam dental restorations is another attempt to resolve some of the controversies surrounding this topic. The issues are several. First, what should we call these lesions: oral lichenoid lesions (OLL), oral lichenoid reactions, oral lichenoid tissue reactions, lichenoid contact stomatitis, lichen planus–like lesions, or oral lichen planus (OLP)?
Rogers RS, Bruce AJ. Lichenoid Contact StomatitisIs Inorganic Mercury the Culprit?. Arch Dermatol. 2004;140(12):1524-1525. doi:10.1001/archderm.140.12.1524