Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the spot where your jaw connects to your skull to allow you to close and open your jaw easily. Sometimes the TMJ becomes injured or damaged, resulting in a painful condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder (TMD). If you are experiencing pain or hearing noises when you move your jaw, schedule a consultation with experienced dentist Dr. Sangiv I. Patel to determine if you have TMD. At his practice, Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA in Melbourne, FL, Dr. Patel uses the most advanced equipment in the field to diagnose and treat your TMD and ease your pain. Your TMJ therapy will be based on the cause of your TMD and your specific condition, but some treatment options include oral appliances (mouth or night guards), bite modification, dental restorations, and more.
TMJ Therapy Reviews
"Dr Patel is fantastic and his office staff is wonderful as well. A little on the pricey side. It seems like the plan we came up with included followup appointments and I paid it all up front but then was charged at follow up visits. Will have to look closer at the exact details of the plan. He did however ease the pain from my TMJ with a guard and for that I am extremely grateful!"- J.S. / Google / Sep 19, 2018
"Dr. Patel and staff have been absolutely wonderful. The office is beautiful, clean and very inviting. I came in scared with TMJ issues and once I had my consultation with Dr. Patel I was more relaxed and felt confident in the decisions we made going by his expertise. I'm extremely grateful for the care that I've received and continue to get. The hygienist Kathy has been my life saver as I have dizziness issues and she has gone above and beyond to do whatever she can to help make my visits comfortable. Thank you Kathy!!!! You're a treasure!!!! I highly recommend Dr. Patel if you're looking for a caring, passionate, friendly and highly skilled dentist.Dr. Patel loves what he does.....and that makes a huge difference in my book! Thank you Dr. Patel and staff ! Your Great!"- D.W. / Google / Feb 19, 2017
"Needless to say, i was extremely anxious and fearful of having my 2-way bridge removed.I also suffer from TMJ and was concerned that I would be able to last through the procedure. Dr. Patel explained how he would proceed and involed me in the whole process. When my jaw got tired, I got immediate relief by a bite board being placed in my mouth. I am please with my temporary bridge, and I have every confidence in Dr. Patel producing an excellent permanent bridge."- S.Y. / Demandforce / Aug 06, 2011
"Dr. Patel is an awesome dentist! He is a full service dentist. Whatever treatment you require, you don't have to go to another specialist for a root canal, another specialist for TMJ, a different specialist for an implant or crown. . . He is -THE- specialist. If you need a crown, he makes it right in his lab, making sure it is a perfect fit. He is at the top of his profession and uses the latest technology to give you the best possible treatment. He truly cares about the well-being of his patients. His entire office staff are professional and caring. Thank you Dr. Patel!"- G.D. / Google / Feb 22, 2019
"Dr. Patel staff have been so professional and supportive it is hard not to talk on and on about what it is like. Just the other day he spent 5+ hours with uas in the chair - NO OTHER DENTIST has ever been so caring. It is obvious he prepares well ahead of time as to what to do, when to do it, and preservative of what GOD has given all of us. Yet when he has to remove a tooth he is so meticulous doing the implant and then being careful TMJ is taken care of - NOTHING is left to chance - HE DOES what is right!"- J.D. / Office Visit / Aug 31, 2017
Temporomandibular joint disorder might be brought on by a single injury to the jaw, grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw (bruxism), or a misaligned bite (dental malocclusion). Medical conditions that might lead to TMD include a tumor in the TMJ or arthritis. In some cases, the reason for TMD is uncertain, but if you are experiencing signs and symptoms, Dr. Patel can still diagnose and treat your jaw utilizing innovative methods and technology. The most common symptoms of TMD are pain or tenderness in the jaw, spasms in your facial muscles, feeling as if your jaw is stiff or stuck, and headaches that start near your ears. Another key symptom of TMD is hearing cracking, clicking, or popping whenever you open your jaw.
What To Expect
Dr. Patel will carefully listen and understand your concerns before performing a physical examination. During the exam, he will assess the movement of your jaw and start looking for indications of misalignment, jaw clenching, and teeth grinding. He will also feel the jawbone and surrounding area for any tenderness and inflammation. To aid him in the detection and diagnosis of your TMD during your examination, Dr. Patel will refer to:
- Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) to analyze the sounds of the joints accurately
- Electromyography (EMG) to evaluate muscle activity, such as muscle contracting
- Bite Analysis (T-Scan Digital Bite Analysis) to test for malocclusions (bad dental alignment or a bad bite)
- NTI: Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System to monitor jaw clenching activity
The use of these technologies will help Dr. Patel determine the underlying cause of your temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). From there, he will be able to offer you the most accurate treatment possible utilizing evidence-based solutions for your issue.
Along with procedures to fix the underlying cause of your temporomandibular joint disorder, Dr. Patel can recommend other means to ease pain and other symptoms at home. This includes a liquid or soft food diet, avoiding chewing gum and biting your nails, heat packs on your jaw, and relaxation techniques. Dr. Patel can also give you exercises to strengthen your jaw or prescribe medicine to relax your muscles (and to ease pain, anxiety, or inflammation).
Continue to attend follow-up visits so Dr. Patel can check the progress of your TMJ therapy. If your treatment is not helping, he may consider a different approach, such as TMJ surgery. Once your TMD has been treated, you should keep attending your annual dental exams at private practice Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA to maintain your oral health.
Dental insurance coverage for TMJ pain diagnosis and TMD remedies will vary so we will contact your carrier to calculate your out-of-pocket costs. Whether you have dental insurance or not, Dr. Patel will go over cost estimates when reviewing treatment options. To make all treatments affordable, Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA accepts many payment methods, and we can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Advanced TMD Treatments
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain makes it tough to chew, speak, and enjoy your day-to-day life. Since there are many possible causes, symptoms, and solutions for temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), schedule a consultation with Dr. Sangiv I. Patel at his office in Melbourne, FL. He will give you a thorough examination before your diagnosis and discussing treatment options. Contact our facility to get more information and plan an appointment.