From our Family to Yours, we hope and pray that everyone in your life is healthy and feeling well. We are pleased to announce the Full Re-Opening of our practice! As we begin to return to our normal lives, our practice is now open for all dental procedures, not just emergent ones. Throughout this crisis, we have remained open to care for all emergency patients and we look forward to resuming all aspects of dental care. Lack of oral health has been directly linked to more serious health issues and cannot be overlooked. It is important to resume dental cleanings and to address any dental issues that have been put off during this crisis. Our staff is fully prepared to continue to protect our Patients from not only Covid-19 but from all viral exposure as the Infection Control and Anti-viral protocols that we have practiced for 30 years far exceed industry standards. To all our patients that had appointments cancelled due to this health crisis, we will be contacting you to reschedule those appointments. As always you can reach us at 718-876-9100 to schedule an appointment on your own or with any questions you may have. As always, our office and lab continue to welcome all new patients and emergencies if your current dental office is not available We look forward to seeing each of you again soon! All the best, Dr. Mormino, Lauren, Lisa, Anne Marie, Mary, Gladys, Annie & MaryEllen

TMJ Treatment Can Reduce Painful Symptoms and Improve Your Quality of Life

Dr. Joseph T. Mormino offers TMJ treatment at our Staten Island, NY, office. He can prescribe custom oral appliances that correct occlusal issues causing inflammation and other symptoms related to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. The temporomandibular joints are located in front of the ears and connect the lower jaw with the skull. Stress and pressure on this joint from conditions such as bruxism (teeth grinding) and malocclusion can cause serious pain. TMJ disorder is complex, and in many cases, symptoms stem from an imbalance between the upper and lower jaws. To learn more about how Dr. Mormino treats TMJ disorder, contact our office today.

What are the Symptoms of TMJ disorder?

If you are suffering from TMJ disorder, you are probably experiencing some pain in the jaw. You may notice this pain is worse when you try to speak or chew. Your jaw may also pop or lock when speaking or eating. In addition to jaw pain, many patients suffering from TMJ disorder also experience frequent earaches, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain. In many instances, sufferers may not associate the symptoms they experience with jaw issues. However, we encourage you to talk about these symptoms during your next checkup - Dr. Mormino may be able to provide insight regarding the cause.

How is TMJ Disorder Diagnosed and Treated?

To diagnose TMJ disorder, Dr. Mormino must perform a thorough examination. After reviewing your symptoms, he will carefully examine your teeth and jaw. Your teeth may show signs of erosion resulting from bruxism. He will also check your occlusion to ensure your upper and lower jaw are meeting properly. He can also take x-rays and run other tests to ensure a proper diagnosis.

In addition to jaw pain, many patients suffering from TMJ disorder also experience frequent ear aches, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain. 

If he determines TMJ disorder is the cause of your pain, Dr. Mormino can recommend a course of treatment. Many patients benefit from a custom-made oral appliance. After taking impressions of your teeth, we can create an oral appliance that will snugly and comfortably fit over your teeth. This appliance works by preventing your teeth from touching while you sleep. It can also significantly reduce the stress placed on your jaw as a result of grinding or clenching.

Most oral appliances are worn at night. In some cases, however, Dr. Mormino may recommend wearing your oral appliance throughout the day. 

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A simple oral appliance can often provide immediate relief.

Benefits of TMJ Treatment

Oral appliances offer a wide range of benefits. Because our oral appliances are custom-made, they are not bulky and uncomfortable like many other options. For instance, there are some over-the-counter options available, but they can be extremely uncomfortable and ineffective. Your prescription appliance will fit very comfortably. Most patients begin to experience improvements in their TMJ disorder symptoms within just a few days. You should begin to notice less pain and soreness in the jaw, teeth, and surrounding areas. Headaches and earaches should subside as well.

Find Out if TMJ Treatment is Right for You

TMJ disorder can be incredibly frustrating, painful, and complicated. However, a skilled dentist's treatment can often significantly reduce painful symptoms. If you are suffering from chronic jaw pain, contact us today and schedule an appointment. 

Dr. Joseph T. Mormino, DDS

Dr. Mormino is a member of several prestigious organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Second District Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologist 
  • Academy of General Dentistry 

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (718) 876-9100 today!

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