Oral Medicine

Rutgers Health University Dental Associates Oral Medicine diagnoses, consults on, and provides nonsurgical medical treatment for chronic oral health conditions. The management and treatment of these conditions require an interdisciplinary approach with doctors from many dental specialties. We also collaborate with doctors in the fields of allergy and immunology, rheumatology, dermatology, ophthalmology, neurology, and oral surgery to treat and manage complex conditions.

Staying on Top of Chronic Health Conditions

Diseases that affect different parts of the body, or the treatment of those diseases, can affect your mouth. Our oral medicine practitioners assess the impact of these conditions and help with evaluation and management of:

  • Abnormal or bitter taste
  • Burning mouth
  • Canker sores
  • Chronic oral ulcers caused by lichen planus (a common inflammatory disease that affects the skin and/or inside the mouth), pemphigus or pemphigoid (autoimmune diseases with blistering that affects the skin and mucous membranes) 
  • Cold sores
  • Dry mouth
  • Fungal infections of the mouth
  • Lumps and growths in the oral cavity
  • Oral complications of chemo/radiation
  • Oral discomfort and sloughing caused by contact sensitivity
  • Oral lesions resulting from lupus, sarcoidosis, HIV, and Crohn’s disease
  • Oral pre-cancer and cancer
  • Oral warts
  • Sensitive, peeling, bleeding gums
  • Recent discolorations of oral mucosa
  • White and red changes in the mouth

Diagnosing the Problem

Our Oral Medicine specialists provide nonsurgical options for treating the causes and effects of conditions affecting your mouth. Diagnosis may begin with a biopsy of a tiny amount of tissue in your mouth. We may take X-rays to help pinpoint the problem and use state-of-the-art technology, such as cone-beam tomography, to find the best course of management and treatment.

Our doctors are on the faculty at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, a part of Rutgers University, one of the top research institutions in America. Our specialists are active in research and teaching and bring life-changing knowledge from the classroom to the exam room.

If you are experiencing any chronic oral health conditions, the Oral Medicine specialists of Rutgers Health University Dental Associates can provide expert, compassionate care.