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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How TMJ Pain Impacts Everyday Life

Submitted by Michael R. Cortese, D.M.D. on Wed 01/18/2017 - 09:00

The pain of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can be localized, but you may find its effect on your life more widespread. Dr. Michael Cortese, well-known TMJ specialist in New Jersey, is very familiar with the effects of TMJ pain. Dr. Michael Cortese of Princeton Prosthodontics meets individuals that struggle with constant discomfort. Here, he reveals some of the most commonly mentioned ways that TMJ pain impacts everyday life.

Difficulty Eating

Many patients struggling with TMD mention how difficult it is to chew. The jaw muscles must press against bites of food and flex, which can be incredibly painful. Consuming a full meal can prove very difficult and some people stop eating a normal diet. In the most complex TMD cases, a person can lose significant weight and experience nutritional deficiencies because of pain-related limitations.

Difficulty Speaking

TMJ pain can make speaking and socializing challenging or uncomfortable. Not only is there pain, but the jaw may make loud clicking or popping noises when the mouth opens to speak, laugh or yawn. It is understandable that social functions cause apprehension and anxiety for people that have constant TMJ pain.

Cranky or Irritable Demeanor

Those that experience constant, debilitating pain may find themselves acting cranky or irritable around family, friends and even co-workers. They may feel as though no one really understands their struggles and constant discomfort. These individuals may experience stress, anxiety or even depression related to the effects of TMD.

Social Isolation

It is not uncommon for TMJ pain to lead to social isolation. Because of the challenges of speaking and eating comfortably, those with TMD may find themselves refraining from professional or social activities, like sharing meals, meetings or interviews in the workplace. A person may become extremely withdrawn from the outside world, which can exacerbate existing anxiety or depression.

Appearance-Related Changes

The pain or limited jaw movement due to TMD can lead to changes in appearance. For example, those with TMJ problems may develop a different bite pattern, jowls or their lower lip may start to jut out. Without the proper intervention, these changes can worsen over time.

Dr. Michael Cortese Can Help

Dr. Cortese has a promising message for those faced with constant debilitating TMJ pain: there is hope, and there is a future without pain. Thanks to a variety of treatment options, the TMJ specialist can address the root of the problem and provide significant relief from pain and other symptoms.

Please contact Princeton Prosthodontics and request a consultation with Dr. Cortese to learn more. Call or email us today.

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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.