Last updated 5 days ago
Anyone who has ever experienced problems with their temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, understands all too well the kind of pain and frustration that can be involved. While the exact causes of TMJ disorders are not completely understood, your dentist can offer a variety of treatment options and therapies for relief. Continue reading to find out more about TMJ problems.
Understanding the Jaw
Your TMJ is the joint that attaches your jaw to the rest of your skull, and allows you to move your jaw through its range of motion. When this joint or the muscles around it become inflamed, irritated, or damaged, it can lead to pain, popping or locking of the jaw, tenderness throughout the face or neck, and difficulty chewing.
Understanding Sources of TMJ Discomfort
There is no one definitive cause of TMJ disorders, but dentists definitely notice a pattern among sufferers. Clenching or grinding the teeth during the night is heavily associated with TMJ problems because of the excess force this action places on the joint. Arthritis in the joint and other issues that cause parts of the joint to move unnaturally can also be associated with TMJ problems.
Understanding Your Treatment Options
While the pain of a TMJ disorder can be severe and debilitating, your dentist can offer you hope. Your precise treatment plan will depend on the suspected cause of the problem, but therapies can include taking over-the-counter pain relievers, applying heat, performing special jaw stretches and exercises, and wearing a night guard during sleep. Relaxation techniques may also help. You will want to avoid eating foods that are difficult to chew and over-extending your jaw. The idea is to keep as much pressure off of the TMJ as possible.
If you suspect that you may have a TMJ disorder, contact the office of Dr. Michael J. Wei, DDS, PC in NYC. We provide a number of dental services, from TMJ treatment to porcelain veneers and complete smile makeovers. Call (917) 720-2769 today to schedule an appointment.
Last updated 12 days ago
At the practice of Dr. Michael J. Wei, DDS, PC, patient comfort and satisfaction are extremely important to us. We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that the technology and amenities offered in our office are of the highest quality and value to our patients.
While we strive to make sure every appointment begins on time, we still want you to be comfortable while you wait. Our selection of coffee, tea, and other beverages and snacks is free for your enjoyment, and our state-of-the-art technologies ensure that you’ll receive the very highest standard of care and treatment. Some of the technologies we offer at our office include intraoral cameras, digital X-rays, and sedation dentistry.
If you’d like to make an appointment at our NYC office, call (917) 720-2769 to schedule your check-up with Dr. Michael J. Wei, DDS, PC. Dr. Wei and his staff look forward to serving you, whether for general dentistry concerns or complete smile makeovers.
Last updated 19 days ago
Teeth darkening can occur for a variety of reasons, and it is one thing that most people aren’t especially excited about. While your dentist can offer different solutions to brighten your smile, it’s good to understand the causes of discoloration so that you can avoid as many as possible.
Check out this video to learn how things like medications, lifestyle choices, and the foods you eat can impact the whiteness of your teeth. You’ll also learn about some of your options for whitening, from cosmetic tooth bonding and porcelain veneers to chair-side whitening treatments.
At the office of Dr. Michael J. Wei, DDS, PC, we offer many ways for you to reclaim the youthful allure of a bright, white smile. Call (917) 720-2769 to set up your appointment today, or visit our website to learn more about our New York City dental practice.
Last updated 25 days ago
When you look in the mirror, are you dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile? Discoloration, chips, gaps, and crooked teeth can all impact your smile and make you feel less confident in the way you look. If you feel your smile could use some improvements, ask your Manhattan dentist if Lumineers might be right for you. Lumineers are much thinner than traditional veneers, and don’t require as much tooth reduction before placement. The Lumineers process is quick and easy, and leaves you with a bright, gleaming smile you’ll be proud to show off. Take a look at this infographic from a cosmetic dentist in Manhattan to learn more about Lumineers and how they can help you. Please share with your friends and family!
Last updated 26 days ago
Small imperfections in your teeth can make you feel unhappy with your smile. Whether you have chips, gaps, jagged areas, or discoloration, Lumineers can provide the smile makeover you need to get the bright, beautiful teeth you desire. Keep reading to learn the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Lumineers:
What Makes Lumineers Special?
Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers are extremely thin. They perfectly mimic the appearance of natural teeth, which helps them fit into your mouth seamlessly. Since Lumineers are so thin, the dentist does not have to remove much of your natural tooth material to fit them into place. Lumineers are incredibly durable and often remain intact for decades.
Does It Hurt to Get Lumineers?
With Lumineers, you can restore your smile without pain. The dentist can easily reshape your damaged teeth without causing you additional discomfort. As soon as the Lumineers are in place, you can start to use them comfortably. Lumineers allow you to smile, chew, and talk as you normally would.
Can I Get Lumineers Instead of Braces?
If you have a few misaligned teeth and do not want to go through the process of wearing braces or Invisalign, you might be able to get Lumineers instead. These top-of-the-line veneers can change the shape of your teeth to give you a straighter, more attractive bite.
Can I Remove the Lumineers After I Get Them?
It is possible to remove Lumineers after they are in place. Since the dentist does not have to grind down your natural teeth to place Lumineers, you can get them removed at any time. This should not affect the strength of your natural teeth.
Whether you want Lumineers or cosmetic tooth bonding, Dr. Michael J. Wei, DDS, PC is here for you. As one of Manhattan’s top cosmetic dentists, Dr. Wei uses cutting-edge technology and his personal expertise to offer every patient the best care. To learn more about our dental office’s services or to schedule your next appointment, visit us online or call (917) 720-2769.