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TMJ and Bite Treatments

TMJ disorders impact the lives of more than ten million Americans. In the past, treatment for TMJ and bite disorders consisted largely of medications to reduce pain. Dr. Stephen Matarazzo suggests a different approach. He addresses the cause of discomfort with TMJ & bite treatments that bring effective relief to patients in the Quincy area.

Cause of TMD

The temporomandibular joint allows the jaw to open and close, slide forward and backward, and move side to side. Unusual strain is placed on the TMJ when the bite is out of balance. Symptoms may include:

  • Mouth pain or reduced jaw mobility.
  • Clicking, popping, or grinding noises.
  • Pain in the ears, face, neck, or shoulders.
  • Headaches and migraines.
  • Unusual tooth wear

The primary cause of TMJ disorders is imbalance in the bite. Teeth that don’t match up properly result in stress to the joint and muscles.

Getting to the root of the problem

Dr. Matarazzo begins with a thorough examination and evaluation of your mouth. A frank discuss of your symptoms, lifestyle habits, and medical history provides additional insight. In many cases, TMD can be alleviated with adjustments to the bite, wearing an oral appliance at night, or both.

Bite adjustment involves reshaping teeth or replacing poorly-designed dental restorations. The intent is to eliminate high spots and allow teeth to come together more efficiently.

A bite guard is worn at night to reduce pressure on the jaw from clenching and grinding. A small NTI appliance fits over front teeth, keeping molars slightly apart while you sleep. This brings the bite into more comfortable alignment, and allows masseter and temporalis muscles to relax.

Are you ready to learn about TMJ & bite treatments with no risk of drug side-effects? Call Quincy dentist, Dr. Stephen Matarazzo to schedule a consultation. The number is (617) 405-3939.

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Stephen J. Matarazzo, DMD, FICOI

Stephen J. Matarazzo, DMD, FICOI

Dr. Stephen Matarazzo is passionate about life-changing, “big problem” dentistry with an eye on premiere services such as smile makeovers, implant dentistry, full-mouth rehabilitation, and complete dentures.

A graduate of Boston College and Tufts School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Matarazzo has served Quincy-area patients since 1978. A Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the father of three has attended the distinguished Misch International Implant Institute. Dr. Matarazzo also learned from the “best”; advanced training at The LD Pankey Institute refined his exceptional skills in creating long-lasting, natural-looking, and healthy-functioning smiles. With a passion for complex and challenging cases, Dr. Matarazzo maintains membership with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS).

A published author, Dr. Matarazzo dedicates his time and talent to resolve dental disease and decay among patients at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as untreated oral infections are associated with stem cell and bone marrow transplant failures.