Bleeding, swelling and discomfort in the gums or other areas of the mouth are all warning signs that your oral health needs attention. Many serious conditions can develop if your pain is ignored, such as gum disease, tooth loss and more. Here’s a look at symptoms that warrant a visit to our specialists and what you can expect from your gum pain treatment at Rutgers Health University Dental Associates.

When to See Our Specialists

Pain found in the gums and other areas of the mouth or head can be addressed by experts at Rutgers Health University Dental Associates, the faculty practice of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Our Newark and New Brunswick locations in New Jersey offer a wide range of oral and gum pain treatment options. Schedule a visit as soon as possible if you notice any of the following symptoms, which could be indicators of gum disease, nerve damage and more:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Gum or orofacial pain
  • Teeth clenching or grinding
  • Orofacial pain caused by trauma
  • Bleeding while brushing your teeth
  • Chronic headaches and/or toothaches

Knowing the Risks of Gum Disease

Gum disease awareness, prevention and treatment is a top specialty of Rutgers Health University Dental Associates. It is typically caused by the buildup of plaque, in which bacteria can cause damage to gums. The most common and mild form of gum disease is gingivitis, which can be treated and reversed with our assistance. In its most severe form, — a result of leaving gingivitis untreated, is periodontitis. which can loosen teeth and cause them to fall out. Though poor dental hygiene is the top cause of gum disease, other risk factors include:

  • Age
  • Stress
  • Puberty
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Genetics
  • Poor diet
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications
  • Fluctuations in hormone levels
  • Some diseases, including HIV, or other health conditions

Collaborative Approach to Care

At Rutgers Health University Dental Associates, you can expect top treatment from a team of specialists that will work collaboratively to get to the root of your pain. When you schedule your appointment for gum pain treatment, we will pair you with leading experts in orofacial pain, periodontics and oral surgery to determine the best course of action. This can include periodontal plastic surgery and dental implants for severe cases of gum disease.

We also have the resources to accommodate even the most complex cases. For example, one Rutgers patient came to us with a severe receding gum line that exposed the root of her tooth, as well as chronic toothaches. Upon determining her diagnosis, our team of experts crafted a treatment plan that began with a customized dental appliance and a pain-relieving medication. She was then seen by a Rutgers Health University Dental Associate periodontist for a minimally invasive oral surgery to repair her gums. She is now smiling and pain-free.

Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Before your condition worsens, be sure to address your symptoms with oral and gum pain treatments from Rutgers Health University Dental Associates. We utilize the latest advancements in dental technology and research to stay ahead of the industry’s trends, ensuring the highest quality of care. For more information, call our Newark office at 973-972-2444 or our New Brunswick location at 732-235-5050.

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