Orofacial Pain Relief in Newark and New Brunswick, NJ
The field of orofacial pain bridges the gap between medicine and dentistry. Many non-dental maladies look like dental pain, and many dental pains mimic medical problems. In some cases, they occur together.
With close-working affiliations in all dental specialties and a close alliance with the Neuroscience Institute of New Jersey and Department of Pain Management, our doctors are uniquely positioned to help patients with chronic and complex head, facial and neck pain. Our collaboration with University Hospital in Newark, a leading state trauma center, allows our collective teams to work together on complex cases.
Headaches and Toothaches
Even one tooth in pain can radiate discomfort to the rest of the mouth or facial area. Orofacial pain of this variety is often triggered by the trigeminal nerve, one of the largest nerves in the head. It is important to get the issue evaluated because this pain can progress into infection or inflammation. The pain could belong to a cracked tooth or exposed root and demands expert attention.
Diagnosis and Treatment
At Rutgers Health University Dental Associates, the partnership between medicine and dentistry at all levels is connected by the new field of orofacial pain. We have relieved the pain and suffering of hundreds of patients. Below is a quick checklist to determine if you could benefit from our services:
- Have you had a root canal, but the tooth still hurts even after it has been extracted?
- Can you explain why you have severe pain that may occur daily around the eye and into the upper teeth and is so bad it wakes you from your sleep?
- Were you diagnosed with a “TMJ” problem, but treatment failed?
- Do you have shock-like pain in your teeth and no dental treatment has helped?
- Has your pain changed or spread or become worse even with treatment?
- Do you think you take too much medication, but none of it seems to work?
Any treatment for orofacial pain begins with a comprehensive medical history and assessment of current physical status. Technology, such as x-rays and VELscope, will be employed to get a closer look at potential problem areas. The dentist will discuss the type of pain with the client, as this could range from numbness, soreness, sharp pain, or even burning mouth syndrome associated with Lyme disease. Through a combination of pain relief medicine, diagnoses, and potential treatments, Rutgers Health University Dental Associates will provide both short and long term relief. With specialists in every field, the patient can get an appointment soon after diagnosis.
The most important part of our evaluation begins with listening. Let us know how we can help. Our faculty, physical therapists, nutritional consultants, acupuncturists, and psychologist are here to listen.