TMJ Treatment, Orofacial Pain Specialist in Cherry Hill,NJ

Orofacial Pain Specialist

The field of Orofacial Pain is concerned with the prevention, assessment, identification, management, and correction of orofacial pain disorders. If you experience pain such as TMJ disorder bruxism or headaches, an orofacial pain specialist can help you. The orofacial pain provider will serve as a consultant to the dentists and can provide direct treatment, prescribe medication, rehabilitative services, perform pain relieving procedures, and provide direction to the patient suffering from a painful disorder.

Orofacial Pain Therapy Dentist


Dentists who have focused their careers on Orofacial Pain for five years and who have 400 hours of continuing education in orofacial pain are eligible for the American Board of Orofacial Pain.  As with other specialties in dentistry, the Orofacial Pain dentist is available to treat the more complex issues in patients, and more general orofacial needs can be met by general dentists with an interest in this area.

TMJ Treatment

If it is difficult or painful to open your mouth, your jaw occasionally locks, getting stuck open or closed, or you notice clicking or popping when you open your mouth, you may have a TMJ disorder. TMD stands for tempormandibular joint disorder which is a condition that affects the head and neck. This is a prevalent dysfunction because of the daily stresses in today’s hectic society. These tiny joints of the jaw take on pressure and can cause facial muscles to strain in order to hold the jaw in place that can cause teeth to move out of alignment. Clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep is also a possible cause of TMD and an early sign of TMD.  Migraine headaches are a common symptom. A dentist can help determine if a link exists between your jaw pain and migraines and your teeth alignment.

Early diagnosis and treatment of TMJ is keys for better success. There are many ways a dentist can help with TMJ including bruxism treatment, bite plates, mouth guards and capping teeth, as well as dental sleep medicines.


  Bruxism (Teeth Grinding), Dental Sleep Medicine in       Cherry Hill, NJ

Bruxism is also known as teeth grinding. Grinding your teeth is bad because it can aggravate the joints in your lower jaw, which leads to pain or tightness in the joint area, earaches and headaches. In most cases bruxism is mild. Most people are unaware that they grind their teeth because they do it in their sleep, and are usually told by a loved one who hears the sound, but in other cases, waking up with a headache or sore jaw.

 Bruxism Treatment

    Causes of Bruxism


But when you grind your teeth on a daily basis, this can cause complications. Bruxism can cause an abnormal bite or be caused by the teeth being aligned or with a poor bite. Severe grinding of your teeth can cause TMJ, a problem with your jaw and muscles in your face. Bruxism can also occur because of stress or severe injuries, or can be a side effect from various medications like Prozac or Zoloft.


    Complications of Bruxism

There are four processes involved in damaging our teeth that have nothing to do with tooth decay, infection, or bacteria. These are attrition, abrasion, erosion and abfraction


Attrition is a normal process that occurs in every person, wherein, the opposing teeth rub against each other while chewing. However, some people exhibit an accelerated rate of wear which is often attributed to bruxing, clinching, and grinding. 


Teeth Abrasion is also caused by friction, but from a different source. Abrasion occurs when one uses a hard toothbrush or abrasive toothpaste to brush vigorously. Unlike the other three which are mechanical process, Erosion is a chemical process. When the acid level in the saliva rises it begins to dissolve the enamel.

 Another process of tooth wear is Abfraction in which the abnormal load created by bruxing is the main causative factor. The main impact of the loading in abfraction is at a different location from the point of contact. Here, the pressure causes tooth

flexure which in turn leads to flaking of the enamel at the neck of the tooth instead of the biting surface. It is normally observed at the buccal side of the teeth near the gum line, where the enamel is at its weakest. Abfraction lesions are V-shaped while the abrasion and attrition lesions are flat.

    How Can a Dentist Treat Bruxism


There are many ways for treating bruxism (teeth grinding), one therapy is using a mouth guard, Night Guard. Another treatment method is a mouth splint. Mouth guards and mouth splints may help reduce muscle activity in your jaw at night. However, they are only able to control the condition. If you are looking for a cure, a dentist can also work on realignment of your teeth. This is usually the option that works. In other more severe cases, crowns are used to reshape the surfaces of your teeth.


    Duration and Prevention of Bruxism


Children with bruxism will typically stop spontaneously by age 10-13. Bruxism in adults depends on its cause. If the cause is a dental problem, the issue should be resolved after a few dental visits.  In both kids and adults, tooth damage related to bruxism can solved with a night bite plate or a bite splint or mouth guard.

Still, there are others ways to manage bruxism that include behavioral treatments such as muscle relaxation exercises or Dental Sleep Medicine and therapies.

One area of dental practice you may not be aware of is Dental sleep medicine. Dental sleep medicine focuses on the use of oral therapy to treat sleep-disorders like sleep apnea or snoring.  Oral appliance therapy is the use of an oral appliance such as a mouth guard or retainer to treat for snoring or obstructive sleep apnea by preventing your airway from collapsing and holding your tongue and supporting your jaw. In these cases, dentists work together with sleep physicians to identify the best treatment for each patient. A dentist will custom fit you for an oral appliance so that it can be personalized to your needs.


    Sleep Apnea Health Risks


A variety of health risks are associated with sleep apnea. They include:

Sudden cardiac death
High blood pressure
Heart disease
Erectile dysfunction
Gastric reflux
Loss of memory

Dental Sleep Medicine

   Oral Appliances


50% of people who get a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device, one of the most common treatments for sleep apnea and snoring, stop using it within 12 months. Leaving your obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) untreated like this can increase your chance of stroke, heart attack and heart failure. Untreated OSA can also take 20% off your life expectancy. Dr. Lee offers a solution for patients who become intolerant of the CPAP. A customized, FDA approved oral medical appliance will hold the jaw in a proper position during sleep. This can keep soft tissue from collapsing and blocking airflow, eliminating both snoring and OSA. Dr. Lee has had great results from the oral appliances she has prescribed, and she will be happy to talk with you about options that can help.

    Qualified Dentists to Treat with Dental Sleep Medicine


Oral appliance therapy and dental sleep medicine should be provided by a qualified dentist who has correct certifications in dental sleep medicine. Training in how to provide oral appliance therapy is necessary to have the training or experience to provide optimal care for those with snoring or sleep apnea. The American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) certifies dentists who treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. Dr. Lee has this special training in treating with dental sleep medicine.

  Periodontal Laser Surgery in Cherry Hill, NJ


Periodontal Laser Therapy and Laser SURGERY

Periodontal Laser Treatment is also known as LANAP. It is a laser-based technique to treat gum disease or periodontal disease. If you have been told you need surgery on your gums or that you have periodontal disease, periodontal laser

therapy is the amazing breakthrough treatment that does not require cutting gum tissue with a scalpel instead it uses a Peior Laser. This doesn’t require stitches as does the older method and this means a quicker recovery time and no issues with infection from root exposure or bleeding or sensitivity.

     What is gum disease?


Gum disease is an infection of the gums which begins as plaque and hardens to form tartar. The tartar harbors bacteria which have a negative effect on the soft tissue around the gums. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and can include swollen gums, bleeding, and bad breath. Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis if left untreated, and this is a severe infection that detroys the gums, bones and teeth. Periodontitis often results in teeth falling out if it is left untreated, which is very scary. Gum disease is also linked to other health issues like strokes and diabetes. If you are in any stage of gingivitis or periodontitis, see Dr. Lee right away.


     How does Laser Periodontal Therapy work?


Laser Periodontal Therapy gets rid of the gum disease infection and closes up the infected spaces between the gum and teeth. It is minimally-invasive compared to traditional gum surgery. Using a digital dental laser, the PerioLaser removes harmful bacteria and infected tissue. You will be treated with a local anesthetic when undergoing this procedure, even though the procedure is painless, the anesthetic is for your comfort. A tiny laser fiber is inserted between the teeth to clear away the diseased tissue, then the tartar is removed from the teeth. The laser reduces the bacteria and stimulated new tissue attachment to the root surfaces. This procedure takes place without any incisions and discomfort is usually very minor. Dr. Lee is up to speed on all the most modern technologies to make Laser Periodontal Therapy a breeze, no more traditional gum surgeries, no more painful methods of treatment!

     Benefits of Laser Periodontal Therapy


Laser Periodontal Therapy put an end to gingivitis and periodontitis and improves overall dental health. The procedure is less traumatic than traditional gum surgery, is highly effective, takes less time for the procedure, less recovery time and has lasting results!


     How long does Laser Periodontal Therapy take?


Dr. Lee will discuss if Laser Periodontal Therapy  can work for you in one office visit or if it will take multiple visits, depending on the severity of you periodontal disease.


Periodontal Laser therapy is generally no more expensive than traditional gum surgery.  It is covered by many insurance plans. You can call Dr. Lee’s office to discuss payment options as well. This is one type of infection you do not want to delay on, especially considering how quick and painless Laser Periodontal Therapy is!


Lasers are revolutionizing the dental and medical world. The American Dental Association’s (ADA) and American Academy of Periodontology’s (AAP) recommend Periodontal Laser Therapy Treatment in treating periodontal disease.

If you are looking for pain-free quality dental care in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, then look no further!   Dr. Lee of Kingston Family Cosmetic Dental   Center provides excellent services using the most advanced technology to give you the brightest smile!  

Call us at (856) 795-9007 to learn more or book an appointment today!