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
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.