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If You’re Suffering From A TMJ Problem

When your jaw aches and it’s difficult to speak, eat, or open and close your mouth, you can’t help but feel miserable. However, you’re not alone. More than 10 million people across the country have temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ). And, as alarming as these numbers sound, there’s no need to despair! At the office of Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we provide the diagnostic and therapeutic care that’s required to address and alleviate the symptoms of TMJ problems.

Located directly in front of each ear, the TMJ facilitates all jaw movements throughout your day. When optimally functioning, your left and right temporomandibular joints work in perfect harmony to allow a wide range of motion. Well-designed for all manner of oral function, these joints not only handle an enormous range of movement, but they are also able to endure biting pressures of as much as 260 pounds of force at the molars.

Although your temporomandibular joints are well equipped to handle the stresses of movement and the forces generated when biting, they can still become dysfunctional when overused, inflamed or injured. In fact, several problems can disturb this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs, and bones, resulting in a painful and annoying TMJ disorder.

A TMJ disorder can exhibit a wide range of uncomfortable and debilitating symptoms, including:

• Clicking, cracking or popping of the jaw with movement
• Earaches
• Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
• Headaches
• Facial pain
• Back and neck pain
• Vertigo
• Muscle spasms
• Jaw locking and limited jaw movement.

As your oral and maxillofacial surgeon, we’ll perform a thorough assessment of your joint symptoms and function. We’ll also order special radiographic imaging and other diagnostic tests as needed to develop the best approach to care. The treatment of a TMJ disorder may include oral appliances such as night guards or stabilization splints to alleviate strain on the joints. Other types of therapy such as steroid injections, occlusal adjustments, as well as orthodontic or prosthodontic treatment to improve occlusion may also be employed. In cases of persistent and debilitating TMJ problems, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon might recommend a surgical procedure to alleviate symptoms and improve function.

A Trusted Partner in Care

At the office of Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Exposing And Bonding An Impacted Tooth

Sometimes, teeth don’t grow in as they should. When they fail to erupt, they are considered “impacted teeth”, a condition that’s usually caused by a lack of space or crowding in the mouth, or as a result of a positioning problem. Impacted teeth can create a functional as well as an esthetic problem during growth and development.

Clinical examination and x-rays are often used to diagnose an impacted tooth. At the office of Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we will work to uncover the involved tooth to facilitate its eruption as well as to enable it to be brought into alignment by the orthodontist.

After the wisdom teeth, which are non-essential for your smile to function, the most commonly impacted teeth are the maxillary canines, or “eye teeth.” As the cornerstones of your smile, your canines provide essential support for your facial contours and play a vital role in oral function. If it’s determined that a canine is impacted, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform a minor surgical procedure to expose and bond an orthodontic bracket its surface. With the attachment of an elastic chain or other type of ligature to the tooth, your orthodontist provides care to gradually bring the tooth into alignment.

An expose and bond procedure can also be performed when other teeth fail to erupt as well such as in the case of a front tooth that is blocked by a supernumerary, or extra tooth. As a trained and experienced provider of care, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon will partner with your dentist or orthodontist to coordinate a treatment plan that addresses the specific needs of your case.

Committed to excellence in oral care

At the office of Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our practice and the many services we provide, give our office a call today.

The Best in Emergency Dental Care

If you are experiencing dental pain, it’s important to get prompt, skilled and reliable care. At the office of Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our specialty-trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon is well equipped to address a range of complex and urgent dental needs. From the treatment of traumatic facial and dental injuries to the extraction of impacted or erupted teeth and more, our office has the knowledge and expertise necessary to get you back on the road to health. New patients are always welcome to our state-of-the-art facility, your resource for the best in emergency dental care.

A dental emergency can be a frightening experience that is often accompanied by a significant amount of discomfort. As skilled providers of care, it is our goal to provide the prompt and reliable treatment you require. Whether you have had a tooth knocked out in an accident, are dealing with a problematic wisdom tooth, have an oral infection, a broken jaw, a lingering mouth ulcer or a lesion that requires further evaluation, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon will provide the compassionate, skilled care that’s required. Do not hesitate to contact our office for care. Dental pain or trauma to the face, mouth, and jaws can quickly worsen without proper treatment and pose a serious risk to your oral health and function as well as overall health and wellbeing. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have a comprehensive knowledge of medicine, dentistry, and are well versed in the complex anatomy of the head and neck area. They also understand the intricacies of all areas in dentistry to make certain that any care for a traumatic injury or condition restores optimal oral function and facial aesthetics.

At the office of Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our practice and the many services we provide, give our office a call today.

Treatment for TMJ Disorders

If you find yourself experiencing stiffness, popping, clicking or pain when you open or close your mouth, you may have a TMJ disorder. For a thorough diagnosis and guidance on the best way to manage and alleviate the discomfort and dysfunction of this problem, consult the office of Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. As a skilled and experienced provider of care, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon can assess your condition and recommend the appropriate treatment.

On either side of your head, directly below your ears, is a complex system of muscles and joints that are responsible for opening and closing your jaw and moving your lower jaw from side to side. This joint, which is known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), plays an essential role in your ability to chew, swallow and speak. When any problem that causes pain or inhibits the motion of this joint arises, it is referred to as a TMJ disorder.

If you suffer from a TMJ disorder, you may experience frequent headaches, facial pain, and earaches. Symptoms of this condition can also manifest themselves in other ways. For all these reasons, it is essential to visit our oral and maxillofacial surgeon for a complete assessment and care. At our office, we’ll check for clicking, popping, tenderness, and difficulty moving your jaw, and perform a comprehensive examination to rule out any other possible reasons for your symptoms. A TMJ disorder can be attributed to a variety of underlying causes, from arthritis, injury, malocclusions or bite discrepancies, to teeth grinding. After conducting a comprehensive examination of your face and jaws, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon will determine the precise, underlying cause of your TMJ jaw-joint disorder and recommend the most appropriate course of care. Treatment for TMJ disorders can involve a variety of approaches to care including a custom fitted night guard, bite adjustments, orthodontics, prosthodontics, or surgery.

At the office of Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.