Personalized Oral Medicine in Newark and New Brunswick, NJ

Oral medicine functions at the interface of dentistry and medicine and plays a major role in client comfort and recovery, whether it is helping to treat chronic health conditions or provide treatment for disease and infection.

Chronic Health Conditions
A plethora of local and systemic diseases or their treatments can affect the oral cavity. Oral medicine practitioners diagnose and manage local and medically-related conditions which affect the oral and maxillofacial region. We can help with evaluation and management of:

  • Canker sores
  • Cold sores
  • Sensitive, peeling, bleeding gums
  • Chronic oral ulcers caused by lichen planus, pemphigus or pemphigoid
  • Oral lesions of lupus, sarcoidosis, HIV and Crohn’s disease
  • Fungal infections of the mouth
  • Recent discolorations of oral mucosa
  • Oral discomfort and sloughing caused by contact sensitivity
  • White and red changes in the mouth
  • Oral pre-cancer and cancer
  • Oral complications of chemo/radiation
  • Dry mouth
  • Burning mouth
  • Abnormal or bitter taste
  • Oral warts
  • Lumps and growths in the oral cavity

Dental Care
Preventive, routine, and early stage care is important when it comes to oral health. We recommend dental check-ups every six months, which include a professional cleaning and examination of the teeth and gums. These check-ups allow for minor and moderate problems to be addressed before they worsen.

The primary role of oral medicine is to provide a non-surgical option for treating pathologies of the mouth. A specialist will most likely take a tiny amount of tissue in the mouth on which to conduct an examination. This may be combined with X-rays, interpreted by the corresponding doctor, which can help identify and pinpoint the root of lesions, diseases, and other oral problems. The state-of-the-art technology at Rutgers Health University Dental Associates, such as cone-bean tomography, will assist the doctor in finding the best solution for the patient

Treatment of these conditions relies on accurate diagnosis, and when necessary, an oral medicine clinician performs a biopsy by removing a small piece of tissue in the mouth for evaluation. Management of some oral conditions requires an interdisciplinary approach involving a team of clinicians. Our facility collaborates with specialists in allergy and immunology, rheumatology, dermatology, ophthalmology, neurology, and oral surgery in the management of complex conditions.