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TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint,” and essentially is the jaw joint located near the ear on both sides of the face. TMJ problems are most often very complex. TMD, or “temporomandibular disorders,” encompass a wide variety of facial pain or disorders. In fact, sometimes problems with the TMJ are confused with pain in the muscles that allow for jaw opening and closing. For these and many other reason, it is important for patients to be evaluated by a qualified professional in order to obtain an accurate diagnosis of the origin of the pain they are experiencing. In most cases, non-surgical management will help to alleviate the pain. However, if this non-surgical treatment approach does not abate the pain, you may be a candidate for surgical intervention. Patients should be aware that treatment of TMD can be ongoing and often will require a multi-faceted treatment plan. These treatments can include medication, physical therapy, intra-oral devices and surgery. Patients often ask, “how do I know if I am a candidate for TMD treatment?” The following are symptoms of TMD:


  • Popping, clicking or locking of the jaw and/or joints
  • Pain in front of the ears, that worsens with chewing, opening or closing of your mouth
  • Earaches and/or ringing in the ears
  • Teeth not aligning correctly
If you are experiencing any number of the aforementioned following symptoms, please contact our office today. We are happy to evaluate your condition with a specific referral from your qualified processional if more conservative therapies have failed. The surgical procedure options in which our doctors specialize include Arthrocentesis, Discectomy and Total Joint Replacement.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why dental implants?

When you lose several teeth whether its a new situation or something you have lived with for years chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself. Once you learn about dental implants, you will realize there is a way to improve your life.

Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than thirty-five years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.

What types of prostheses are available?

A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.

Why would you select dental implants over more traditional types of restorations?

There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a partial at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

Are you a candidate for implants?

If you are considering implants, you will be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your present condition is not ideal for implants, adjunctive procedures, such as bone or gum grafting, to correct the problems may be recommended.

What type of anesthesia is used?

The majority of dental implants and bone graft procedures are performed in the office under monitored intravenous sedation anesthesia. In many cases local anesthesia alone is used.

Do Implants need special care?

Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.