i suffer a lot with swollen and sore gums
i too get brushed off and given anti biotics, and pain killers,but its not a long term solution.well at least your dentist is refering you to a specialist .
hopefully they be able to find out whats causing sore gums.
main cause IMO is a infection of the tooth as it is commonly known crowns can get infected as food gets inbetween the crown and the tooth underneath the tooth and gums area.
i am only 44 ,and realising i will probably be better off with having all my teeth out ,to have a denture,but i am scared to go through with it,and also harder as dentist says nothing wrong but when your in constant pain all the time ,and discomfort ,you keep thinking can it be any worse?
well,good luck and hope the specialist finds the cure for you and sorts out your problem .and hopefully you can tell me what he said ,that i can follow suit.so i dont have to go to drastic measure having a denture at bottom