Sowmya Ananthan, BDS, DMD, MSD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Divisions of Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain & Oral Medicine

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
110 Bergen Street
Newark, New Jersey 07103

Department Phone: 1-973-972-3418


Dr. Ananthan received her dental degrees from Rajiv Gandhi University, India and from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (formerly RBHS). She received her Master's degree from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. She joined the faculty of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in 2010.

Dr. Ananthan is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Divisions of Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine, part of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. She provides general dentistry for medically complex patients and teaches the postgraduate and undergraduate students rotating through the clinic. She gives guest lectures in different departments at the dental school.

Dr. Ananthan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. She is a member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and the Academy of General Dentistry. Her special interests are neuropathies related to the placement of dental implants and the dental management of the Orofacial Pain patient. Dr. Ananthan also mentors the postgraduate students in the division of Orofacial Pain with their research projects.


The role of sensory input of the chorda tympani nerve and the number of fungiform papillae in burning mouth syndrome. Nasri-Heir C, Gomes J, Heir GM, Ananthan S, Benoliel R, Teich S, Eliav E. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2011 Jul;112(1):65-72.

Prolonged gingival cold allodynia: a novel finding in patients with atypical odontalgia. Zagury JG, Eliav E, Heir GM, Nasri-Heir C, Ananthan S, Pertes R, Sharav Y, Benoliel R. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endol, 2011 Mar: 111(3): 312-9

Temporal summation of heat pain in temporomandibular disorder patients. Raphael KG, Janal MN, Ananthan S, Cook DB, Staud R. J Orofac Pain. 2009 Winter;23(1):54-64.

Use of topical medication in orofacial neuropathic pain: a retrospective study. Heir G, Karolchek S, Kalladka M, Vishwanath A, Gomes J, Khatri R, Nasri C, Eliav E, Ananthan S. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2008 Apr;105(4):466-9.