Wellington TMJ Dentist
TMJ is an acronym for the temporo-mandibular joint. Disorders of the TMJ have a variety of symptoms, such as facial pain or headaches, jaw popping.
Millions of people are doing their best to function on a daily basis under stress, fatigue, chronic headaches, migraines, painful jaw popping, and neck and shoulder aches. They are usually using prescribed pain killers, muscle relaxants, or complex surgery to cope with their discomfort. The reality is that a highly trained dentist can better understand the relationship of the jaw bone, joints and muscles… to treat the source of the problem, not just the symptoms.
What Is a TMJ Dentist?
Dr. Sadati has recognized expertise in treating TMJ disorder, and some people call him a TMJ dentist. However, this is not a recognized specialty area of dentistry, so the term “TMJ Dentist” would not be accurate. He is a general dentist who treats TMJ.
“We observe in our guests how much healthier they look overall. Patients are just happy that they can sleep well, function normally again, and are out of pain and misery.” –Dr. Sam Sadati
The smile photographs on the upper right are of a guest of Dr. Sadati’s who was suffering from TMJ disorder and also wanted a smile makeover. She received two benefits from her treatment — relief from her pain, and a beautiful new smile.
If you suffer from any of the symptoms mentioned above, or teeth sensitivity, grinding or worn teeth, Dr. Sadati can help. Unlike other dentists, he knows that every case is different and has rounded out his knowledge by pursuing several disciplines in Neuromuscular Dentistry.
He uses a sophisticated diagnostic tool called the K7 electromyograph. This allows him to determine the proper, relaxed position of the jaw needed to provide relief. Another device, the transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation device (TENS unit) offers pleasant relaxation therapy to stressed, fatigued jaw and facial muscles. A highly advanced custom-fitted NTI orthotic (a plastic splint that helps guide your jaw into it’s most relaxed position) can also help, allowing some guests to start feeling better on the first day.
Dual Neuromuscular Dentistry Options, With Your Wellington TMJ Dentist
Sometimes the cause of Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder, known as TMD, are imbalanced or tensed jaw muscles pulling the jaw out of alignment. In other cases, improper dental restorations have left the patient with the inability for the teeth and jaw to meet in a relaxed, balanced way… causing strain and tension on the muscles.
In either situation, this Dr. Sadati has the experience and understanding needed to offer relief. Through muscle relaxation, NTI custom bite devices, and night guards, his dental guests begin treatment. After about a week, Dr. Sadati brings them back in to reevaluate the jaw and bite registration on a mouth model that’s mounted on a sophisticated simulator. This simulator replicates the action of mastication, or chewing, and evaluates the quality of their new dental restorations, detecting any interferences in their mouth during normal movement.
TMJ treatment is also one of the most important considerations in cosmetic dentistry. If you’re considering porcelain veneers or crowns, bridges, implants, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, you can trust Dr. Sadati to carefully evaluate your current bite alignment and rule out any TMJ problems. This protects your investment and prevents your beautiful new restorations from being worn down or fractured. Dr. Sadati is dedicated to providing the best of health with the best aesthetics. By offering his expertise in TMJ evaluation with cosmetic work, you’ll look great and you’ll feel better too. Talk to the Wellington dental team at The Sadati Center for Aesthetic Dentistry to learn more.