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TMJ Disorders

According to statistics from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, over 10 million people nationwide are affected by TMD (temporomandibular disorders) wrongly called TMJ, with women being more affected than men. The symptoms can vary from mild discomfort to severe pain and involve not only the jaw joint but also the surrounding tissues, muscles and ligaments. As there are different causes for experiencing pain in the jaws, your dentist will help make a correct diagnosis and get to the source of the issue.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

One of the most common symptoms of the TMJ related disorders is a clicking sound when opening or closing the mouth, usually accompanied by pain. This sound can sometimes be loud and is caused by shifting of the disc inside the joint. The disk is small and fibrous and acts as a cushion and shock absorber between the ball and the socket. The temporomandibular joint connects the mandible (or the lower jaw) to the temporal bone, which is at the side of the head. The flexibility of these 2 joints allows the jaw to move up and down and side to side, which plays an important role in chewing and speaking. The joint can be easily located by placing fingers just in front of the ears and then opening the mouth. Although the temporomandibular joint is a “ball and socket” joint, because of its complex movement and unique anatomy it is one of the most complicated joints in the body. TMJ disorders are a group of conditions of the jaw joint and chewing muscles with pain being the most common symptom.

Other symptoms may be present:

-locking of the jaw or very limited movement
-muscle pain in the cheeks, temples, or in front of the ear, especially while eating, speaking and yawning
-earaches
-muscle stiffness in the jaw
-jaw becomes or feels stuck
-radiating pain in the jaw, face and the neck
-change in how the teeth fit together
-sharp pain from the joint

Causes of TMD

The exact causes of TMD are not clearly defined, and people may experience symptoms without obvious reasons. Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw without pain being present are common in most people and usually they are not an indicator for TMD. Contrary to the popular belief that bad bite or orthodontic braces can trigger TMDs, research shows that this is not the case. Some of the causes of TMD may include:

-dislocated or eroded disk
-injury related trauma to the jaw
– trauma to the jaw as a result of bruxism (clenching or grinding of teeth)
-rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis of the jaw joint, which can damage the cartilage
– teeth that are not lined up right, or misaligned bite
-stress

When to See Your Dentist

If you are experiencing chronic or long term TMD symptoms, call your dental specialist at CV Dental Care for a professional evaluation. Often people may have other health conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia that may be affecting the temporomandibular joint. Your dentist will look at your detailed dental and medical history, examine the way your jaw moves, your teeth and bite for signs of grinding or clenching, and may take x-rays or a panoramic x-ray to get a clear picture of the temporomandibular joint.

In most cases, your dentist may recommend a conservative treatment that may include:

-physical therapy
-temporary soft food diet
-stress reduction and relaxation therapies, massage
-pain relievers
-anti-inflammatory drugs
-muscle relaxant drugs
-steroid injections into the TMJs and tendons
-reshaping teeth to make them fit right
-hot or cold compresses on the jaw

Irreversible treatments for changing and correcting the bite may include orthodontics, crown and bridge work, implants to replace missing teeth and using an occlusal guard to stop teeth from clenching and grinding.

In serious cases with structural problems in the TMJ, your doctor may have to intervene surgically to correct or replace the joint.

TMJ disorders can have a debilitating effect on daily activities. If you’re experiencing any of the TMD symptoms accompanied by pain, give us a call. At CV Dental Care, our TMD specialists will work closely with you to prescribe the best possible treatment that best fits your lifestyle and beliefs.

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Dr. John A. Bigler Named America’s Top Dentist for 2016 in Arizona

Cosmetic Dentist Dr. John A. Bigler, DDS, has been named as an America’s Top Dentist for 2016, an award given to dental professionals who provide outstanding dentistry services to their patients. Bestowed by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, this honor marks the 3rd time Dr. John A. Bigler has been named Top Dentist in Arizona. Since 2007, he has been lauded for his exemplary service and expertise as a general dentist, restorative dentist, and cosmetic dentist in Mesa and Apache Junction, Arizona.

The Consumers’ Research Council of America (CRCA) evaluates and compiles lists of the nation’s top professionals from various industries, using a point-value system that awards points for education, years in practice, and affiliations with professional associations.

Dr. John A. Bigler has been rated among the Best in Region and received the Five Star Dentist award for 3 Consecutive Years: 2011, 2012, and 2013 with Talk of the Town Excellence in Patient Satisfaction Award.

TALK OF THE TOWN 5 STAR DENTISTS Unlike any other service that rates and posts customer satisfaction scores, Celebration Media averages scores and data from user-review and business-review web sites, social networks, business rating services, and industry resources all by hand. Each company receives one score for the year, and the ratings are revised after new research is done the following year.

Dr Bigler is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), The Academy of General Dentistry (AGDA), The American Orthodontic Society (AOS), American Sleep and Breathing Academy (ASBA), and is part of the Spear Faculty Club and a Study Club leader. He is also a mentor dentist for InnoBioSurg of America and sits on various advisory boards.

Dr. Bigler opened his first private dental practice in 2005, running his current practices at three locations in Mesa and Apache Junction since 2010.

He pursues advanced dental education at every opportunity, having completed training and continuing education at top cosmetic dental institutes, including American Sleep and Breathing Academy (ASBA) and The American Orthodontic Society (AOS).

AMERICA'S TOP DENTIST 2016 prestigious award recognizes Dr. Bigler for the fine and careful work he does every day in his efforts to renew every one of his patients’ teeth and smiles. Dr. Bigler is considered one of Arizona’s best dentists, and he is especially known for providing exceptional services with All on 4, Cosmetic Dentistry, Crowns and Bridges, Dental Implants, Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Extractions, General Dentistry, Invisalign, Oral Conscious Sedation, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Prosthodontics, Sleep Apnea, and TMJ Dysfunction.

TOP GENERAL DENTIST 2016

TOP GENERAL DENTIST 2016

TOP DOCTOR John A. Bigler, DDS General Dentistry
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AMERICA'S TOP DENTIST 2016

AMERICA'S TOP DENTIST 2016

John A. Bigler, DDS General Dentistry

TALK OF THE TOWN 5 STAR DENTISTS

TALK OF THE TOWN 5 STAR DENTISTS

(3) Consecutive Years
CANYON VISTA DENTAL CARE
2011 - 2012 - 2013

Whatever oral health concern you may be dealing with or question you may have, Dr. Bigler makes it his #1 priority to learn all about your situation so that he can make the best recommendation for your individual needs. Dr. Bigler’s goal is to provide naturally beautiful smiles in a safe, pain-free environment while reducing patients’ anxiety and stress about their dental procedures.

Dr. Bigler has served Arizona dental patients for over 15 years. “At CV Dental Care, we pride ourselves on providing impeccable dental treatments utilizing proven techniques and the best technology, “ shares Dr. John Bigler. “I am honored to receive the award of America’s Top Dentist for 2016. My goal is to provide the best customized dentistry available in Arizona, and to do so in a space that is comfortable for our patients and innovative in dental technologies and solutions.”

Are you ready to visit America’s Top Dentist? Make an appointment with Arizona’s cosmetic dentist Dr. John A. Bigler to learn about what cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry options that are best for you.

AMERICA'S TOP DENTIST 2010

AMERICA'S TOP DENTIST 2010

John A. Bigler, DDS Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

AMERICA'S TOP DENTIST 2007

AMERICA'S TOP DENTIST 2007

John A. Bigler, DDS General Dentistry

AMERICAN SLEEP AND BREATHING ACADEMY Member 2016-2017

AMERICAN SLEEP AND BREATHING ACADEMY Member 2016-2017

Certificate of Membership
John A. Bigler, DDS

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