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Victor P. Avis D.D.S. 15 St. Pauls Avenue Staten Island, New York 10301 (718) 816-5200

 

 

 

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Dr. Victor P. Avis, D.D.S.

15 St. Pauls Avenue

Staten Island, NY 10301

718-816-5200
fax: 718-228-7744
Office Hours
Monday - Wednesday
7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
8:00am - 1:00 pm
Closed
Friday and Sunday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TMJ Treatment

 

 

                                      

 


Temporo-mandibular dysfunction (TMD) is an inclusive name for a broad range of problems associated with TMJ, an acronym for the “temporo-mandibular joint.” 

These two joints can be felt just forward of the ears at the point where the lower jaw joins the skull. As with other joints in the body, problems may occur with the cartilage, ligaments, lubricating fluid, boney surfaces or the controlling muscles.

Frequently reported symptoms related to TMD are:

                                       ·   Clicking, popping or grating sounds in the TMJ

·   Limited opening

·   Generalized facial pain

·   Pain in area of the TMJs

·   Headaches

·   Tired feeling in the jaw

·   Difficulty chewing

·   A bite that is uncomfortable

·   Excessive wear of tooth enamel

Prior to treatment, a specific diagnosis must be made. Depending on the diagnosis, treatment might range from a soft diet and medications to bite splint therapy, or even surgery. However, the vast majority of TMJ cases can be managed without surgery.

A careful examination and analysis of each patient’s TMJ is a standard part of our comprehensive exam process. All adult patients who   choose to have a comprehensive examination, receive a thorough TMJ evaluation as well. We believe that ensuring harmony among the joints, facial musculature, teeth and their supporting structures (i.e. bone, gums) is essential for enabling people to maintain optimal oral health for a lifetime.

Dr. Avis has a strong educational background in the area of TMD. His training began during his doctoral studies at Georgetown University under the guidance of Dr. Peter Neff. After Georgetown, Dr. Avis studied TMD extensively with Dr. Peter Dawson, Dr. Mark Piper and the L.D. Pankey Institute, regarded internationally as several of the foremost authorities on TMD. Furthermore since 1998, Dr. Avis has taught diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of TMD at The Center for Predictable Restorative Dentistry.