ADA Accessibility Information
Accessibility

A
A

A
img???
On June 3, the Department of Health made a statement that dental offices can resume seeing all patients for all (emergency and routine) care. In an effort to make Baccellieri Family Dentistry the safest environment we can, we have made some changes over the last few months.


What improvements have we made to further eliminate virus transmission?


•  UV lighting was installed in the ventilation to kill 99% of germs and viruses.
•  In addition to following OSHA guidelines for cleaning rooms, we use an HOCl fogger to disinfect the environment between patients in treatment rooms and used periodically in open spaces.
•  Staff members use additional Personal Protective Equipment (sterile gowns, shields, hair coverings) along with the typical sterile gloves and KN95 masks they have always worn.
•  We installed plastic barriers at check-in and check-out for your safety while talking to front desk staff.


What to expect when you come in for an appointment?


•  You will be asked to wear a mask or face covering into the office, wearing at all times except while you are being treated.
•  At entry, you will be asked to use hand sanitizer, a staff member will take your temperature (no contact / forehead) and do a brief screening for illness.
•  The waiting room is arranged so that the recommended 6 foot social distancing is in effect.


We are excited to see our patients again and help maintain those healthy smiles!

TMJ


Woman holding jaw due to TMJ painThe temporomandibular joint, or TMJ for short, is one of the most complex joints in the body. This complex series of ligaments, muscles, discs, and bones serve as a hinge-like mechanism that connects the upper and lower jaws. In other words, our TMJ allows us to move our lower jaw up, down, and side-to-side. Any problem that prevents the TMJ from working properly is known as a TMJ disorder or TMD. At Baccellieri Family Dentistry, we offer treatment designed to alleviate the symptoms associated with TMJ disorders.

Causes of TMJ Disorders


The exact cause of TMD is difficult to pinpoint because the symptoms are often related to other problems. Dr. Baccellieri Jr. will review your medical and dental histories, as well as conduct a comprehensive examination to help make a proper diagnosis. Your exam may include x-rays, CBCT scans, and 3D imaging.

Most professionals believe TMD symptoms are the result of several factors, including injuries, arthritis, genetics, and issues within the muscle or parts of the joint itself. TMJ disorders are quite common for people who habitually clench or grind their teeth. Teeth grinding is also referred to as bruxism. Bruxism is often a response to stress or anxiety.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorders


TMJ disorders can have many symptoms that affect one or both sides of your face. The biggest indicator is often severe pain and discomfort when using your jaw. TMJ pain can be temporary or long term. It is most common in women between the ages of 20 and 40.

Common symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
•  Problems when opening your mouth wide
•  Popping, grating, or clicking sounds when you open or close your mouth
•  Pain or tenderness in the jaw area, face, ears, neck, and shoulders when using the jaw
•  A jaw that locks or gets stuck in the open or closed position
•  Swelling on either side of your face
•  Trouble with chewing or speaking
•  A malocclusion or misaligned bite (teeth that do not fit together properly)

Treatments for TMJ Disorders


You should seek treatment if you have persistent tenderness, pain, or problems using your jaw. During your appointment, Dr. Baccellieri Jr. will discuss your possible treatment options. One of the most common non-drug therapies involves an oral splint or mouthguard, also known as an occlusal appliance. An occlusal appliance will reduce the harmful effects of nocturnal bruxism while you sleep. Your appliance will be custom-made for your bite to provide a comfortable and effective fit.

We may also recommend training or counseling to help you better understand the behavior and factors that result in stress-related habits. Stress-related habits, such as biting your fingernails and clenching your jaw, can significantly contribute to your TMD.

Muscle spasms and pain can be reduced with a warm compress and over-the-counter pain relievers. For stronger relief, we may recommend prescription medications like muscle relaxants. If these methods prove ineffective, you may be in need of surgical intervention.

Schedule Your Appointment


Find out if you need treatment for your TMJ! Call 610-444-0208 to schedule your appointment today.
logo of Footer
icon time

Opening Hours


Mon-Thu 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Fri 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Copyright © 2019-2020 Baccellieri Family Dentistry and WEO Media (Touchpoint Communications LLC). All rights reserved.  Sitemap | Links