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TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ) is a common condition affecting a wide variety of people. TMJ is characterized by severe headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, grinding teeth, and an intermittent ringing in the ears. The vast majority of TMJ sufferers are unaware that the root cause of these problems is something that a dentist can effectively treat.

The symptoms of TMJ are debilitating and can greatly interfere with every day life. The comfort and general well being of the patient is at the heart of the dental practice, so pain relief is the first consideration of the dentist. The dentist is able to test, diagnose, and devise an immediate plan to treat the underlying causes of the TMJ disorder.

Reasons for treating TMJ

TMJ sufferers report that their symptoms generally worsen during periods of prolonged or unexpected stress, and that intense outbreaks of the condition can lead to neck pain and dizziness.

The most common cause of TMJ is the misalignment of the teeth, often called “bad bite.” It is possible for the dentist to realign or adjust the teeth without the need for painful or expensive surgeries. The realignment/adjustment will stop the pounding headaches, the jaw pain, and the dizziness.

The grinding teeth symptom is particularly common and usually occurs at night. The grinding will eventually erode the structure of the teeth and lead to much more severe dental problems in the future. Untreated TMJ is one of the prime underlying factors in eroded jawbones and loose teeth.

It is important for anyone experiencing the symptoms of TMJ to visit the dentist for an exact diagnosis.

What does treating TMJ involve?

TMJ could be a result of several different problems. Bad bite is the most common, but an injury resulting from a blow to the meniscus cartilage is also a possibility. Initially, the dentist will thoroughly examine the jaw area, the patient’s bite, take X-rays, and review the patient’s history in order to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend necessary treatment.

Once a firm diagnosis is attained, there are several ways in which relief can be provided. A specially molded bite guard can be created to stop teeth grinding during the night. A bite relationship analysis may be recommended by the dentist. The dentist can also provide advice on relaxation techniques which will lessen the effects of stress. As a last alternative, the dentist is also able to prescribe muscle relaxants.

A better option is to change the shape of the teeth and get rid of the bad bite completely, often called “realignment.” This is especially useful because it alleviates TMJ symptoms and may improve the aesthetic appearance of the teeth as well. Realignment involves adjusting the relationship between how the upper teeth come together with the lower teeth. This may require new restorations and/or adjusting the natural teeth as well. It is not a painful procedure, and it is one the dentist has performed with great success numerous times. As with any procedure, the dentist will be happy to answer questions and discuss symptoms, options, and treatments.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ, we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

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I cannot recommend Dr. Sassani and his team enough. I came into his office in literal tears, I had neglected to go to the dentist for a few years and was paying for it with a very bad infection. Dr. Sassani was very empathetic, his first and foremost goal was to relieve me of my immediate pain, and that he did. From there, he developed a simple plan to get my dental health back in order. That was a few months ago, and today I just went in to finish my crown and get the last few cavities taken care of (we had put a temporary on and waited for the new year for my insurance to renew). I finally have a healthy mouth again and a huge burden of stress has been taken off my shoulders because of this

John A. Yelp 2017

DR Andre Sassani is an artist. He works quickly and gently, handling injections, fillings, crowns and you-name-it with ease. As he works, he asks if your'e ok, tells you what he's doing, answers questions, provides guidance. He is respectful of your time. He is polite to his staff.
Office staff is delightful, professional, kind. Hygenist is gentle and full of information.
It's a win all around.

Yelp Review April 2015

Description of Experience: My husband had two wisdom teeth that were causing him significant pain. In addition, he had not been seeing a dentist regularly for an extended period of time due to unfortunate experiences with dentists earlier in his life.
Member Comments: My husband is still raving about Dr. Sassani. He and his staff were very calming, supportive, informative, and not condescending or judgmental about my husband's dental condition. They were extremely flexible with appointment times and did their best to get him in as soon as possible, even calling when other patients cancelled their appointments to see if he wanted those earlier spots.
When he was finally in the chair, they checked on him during his procedures (cleanings and extractions) frequently to make sure he was comfortable and coping well, and everyone was very friendly. Even when they were having issues with some of his deep cleaning, they remained positive and supportive which really helped my husband overcome his fear of the whole experience. I know my husband is challenging on a good day; they made an excellent impression on his first visit with them, and he will be using them regularly from now on and looks forward to his next visit. That's what I call a success story

S. Freeman Angies list, Oct 2015

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