As you know by now, because your overall health and safety is our utmost priority, we are closely following every safety and infection control procedure recommended by the ADA and CDC. However, going way beyond these recommendations, in July we installed 2 Jade Surgically Clean Air Filtration Systems. Our office size would require only one Jade unit to kill viruses and bacteria 6 times an hour, but we are so committed to you that we have installed 2 units, one in front of each dental chair. You can be assured that our air is always the safest because we leave the systems on 24/7.

The Jade is patented and industry-leading and is the only air purification system that incorporates 6 different technologies which include, Hydroxl, UV and electronic cell catalytics, and Hepa-RX. The Jade is measured and peer-reviewed to eliminate viruses less than 0.1 microns (the corona virus is measured at .125 microns) and is tested globally with over 70,000 units installed worldwide.

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With our warmest wishes for your health and safety, we look forward to seeing you soon and continuing to keep you as healthy as possible.

Dr. Cortese and Staff

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Dentist near me in Princeton, NJ offers treatment for TMJ/TMD

Treatment for TMJ at Princeton Prosthodontics in Princeton NJ Area

Patients who struggle with certain symptoms such as chronic headaches, jaw pain, and discomfort around the jaw joint might be dealing with a condition commonly known as TMJ or TMD. TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint,” which is the jaw joint that anchors the skull and lower jaw. It allows a patient to open and close the mouth to eat and speak properly. However, sometimes it malfunctions and can cause a host of issues for the individual. In situations such as this, Princeton, NJ area maxillofacial prosthodontist, Dr. Michael Cortese, may perform a thorough evaluation and diagnose patients with treatment for the condition after obtaining a definitive diagnosis.

As a maxillofacial prosthodontist, Dr. Cortese is a specialist in occlusion and the whole mouth. He will first perform a motor nerve reflex test that will actually diagnose the cause of the TMD (temporomandibular disorder) rather than simply chasing symptoms, which is often the case.

He uses a newly designed, researched, and the evidence-based system only available in 60 centers worldwide.

How is TMJ/TMD diagnosed?

How is TMJ/TMD Diagnosed at Princeton Prosthodontics in Princeton NJ Area

The temporomandibular joint disorder is often diagnosed with a physical evaluation and a description of a patient’s present symptoms. Patients who have this condition may complain of:

  • Clenching and grinding of the teeth (bruxism)
  • Locking of the jaw in the open or closed position
  • Cracking and popping noises from the jaw when eating or speaking
  • Soreness or pain around the jaw joint
  • Chronic migraines and headaches
  • Pain radiating from the ears down through the neck and shoulders

When these conditions are present, patients often receive a diagnosis from our team of TMJ/TMD specialists. At this point, the dentist will then speak with the patient about appropriate treatment options for their consideration.

Ways to address TMJ/TMD and coexisting conditions

There is a wide array of solutions available to patients who have been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorders and other common conditions associated with it. Below are just a few of the options that a patient might consider when working with Dr. Michael Cortese of Princeton Prosthodontics:

  • Occlusal orthotic TMD prostheses
  • Physical therapy and muscular exercises
  • Softer diet with soft or pureed food
  • Prescription muscle relaxants
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
  • TENS therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Trigger point injections
New Patient : (609) 552-0800 | Existing Patient : (609) 683-8282

Which treatment is right for me?

It is highly desirable for patients to choose a treatment option that best fits their lifestyle and offers the most conservative options before moving forward to combined treatments. Many of the patients who visit Dr. Michael Cortese find that solutions such as oral appliance therapy using two occlusal orthotic TMD prostheses achieve relief.

Take the time to learn more about TMJ/TMD treatment options

Dr. Michael Cortese and his team at Princeton Prosthodontics in Princeton, NJ, are here to help new and current patients with a wide range of conditions that impact their oral health. If you have been diagnosed with TMJ/TMD or other coexisting conditions such as bruxism or obstructive sleep apnea, now is the time to connect with a professional who can provide solutions based on your unique situation. Call the office at (609) 552-0800 to request a consultation appointment and initial evaluation at our facility, conveniently located at 311 Witherspoon Street.

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Princeton Prosthodontics - Dr. Michael Cortese

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Dr. Michael Cortese is a leading and highly sought-after Maxillofacial Prosthodontist. He one of only 350 accredited Maxillofacial Prosthodontists worldwide. Having completed his education at the University of Notre Dame and Farleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry, he received his Certificate in Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Dental Oncology from the University of Texas Health Science Center M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute. He has over three and a half decades of experience and constantly focuses on ensuring that patients have a healthy and beautiful smile. Dr. Cortese takes pride in providing his patients with customized treatments using modern equipment and techniques. He sincerely believes in thoroughly understanding your concerns and requirements to ensure your comfort and satisfaction throughout the course of any treatment or procedure.