Many people have issues with what we call TMJ or temporomandibular joint. So many people don't understand exactly what is going on. Many patients who come to us have these headaches, have ear aches, have different joint problems, they're locked close, thyre locked open, they're not able to chew, they're not able to function. TMJ is a very, very complex subject, a very complex topic, so I always recommend to the patients we need to make sure we do a thorough evaluation of the joint itself, we need to find out exactly what's going on with you, what is the cause of your headaches, what is the cause of your ear problems.
After a thorough evaluation we're able to see if your joints are actually the cause of your problems. So many patients have no idea that the joint, the mouth itself can make you have headaches, can make you have joint problems, make you have ear problems, make you have neck aches, different things. The jaw it self is connected to the entire body, and whenever we're in the proper alignment from head to toe, things function much better.
Whenever one thing is out of whack, it can throw the entire system off. Whenever it comes to the joints, whenever it comes to the TMJ, we have to evaluate exactly what's going on in your specific circumstance so we're able to create a therapy that you're able to go through and slowly become healed over time, to reduce your headaches, to reduce the drugs that you're taking to get rid of the pain.
We want to get rid of medications, medications are wonderful things to help reduce pain, but it is not something that is going to help find out what the reason of your pain really is. That's what we do here, is we find out what is the root cause of your TMJ problem, of your headaches, or of your sinus issues. Why are we getting those and what can we do for you to make sure we can reduce that, to make sure you're able to function, you're able to eat what you want, that you're not concerned about the clicking, the popping, the locking of the joint itself.
So many people go to so many different dentists and ask them these issues, and they're kind of turned away or they're pushed to the side, and they're not able to find their answer. With the specialty training that I have actually received over time, we're able to tell you exactly what's going on after our evaluations, and we're able to set up with a therapy to help reduce these problems. I have patients who come to me who take tons of medication for pain, ton of medications to try to see what is really going on with them.
One patient in particular that I'm thinking about, taking 21 medications when she first saw me, and now she's down to one. The reason why she's on one, because her very own medical doctor has no idea what we have done to make it that her pain is gone. He's concerned because he thinks the medication is really the only thing that will help her, but we've been able to even reduce that medication, that one, and we've been able to help even other medical doctors understand the joint itself and the severity sometimes how bad this can make different issues such as headaches, and why it can be the cause of them.
We've been able to take care of patients who have a few headaches or who have headaches constantly that is ruining their way of life, and we've been able to focus on a plan that has been able to make them achieve the goal that they're wanting of no longer having headaches, of no longer having these issues. We've been able to address these needs and we've been able to take care of those patients. Whenever you're able to get rid of these hindrances that are keeping you from your everyday activity, you become a better person. Guess what, we're going to make you smile.
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The most rewarding aspect of being a dentist is a great question. The biggest thing that I like is no matter what I do, any procedure, is a hug and a smile. That's what I'm looking for, or even a simple thank you. Whenever we do things to patients, I always look and I'm like, “There's no way this guy's gonna thank me.“ I feel like I've been so mean to him, in anything that we've done, the procedures that we perform, sometimes I'm like, “This guy's not gonna like me for a few days but I know whenever he gets his smile, he's gonna love me.“ But whenever you see someone and they look you in the eyes, and they say, “Thank you,“ and whenever they smile at you and they say thank you, is just even more.
And then whenever you do get that hug 'cause you know, you've changed someone's like and you can tell. People will come in and they'll just say, “Thanks,“ you know, no big deal. But whenever you really see a person looking in the eyes and you can feel that they're from their heart, that they're showing you, expressing that happiness, that gratification, that is the most amazing thing any individual can feel because there's so many different areas and fields and things that we can do for people to make them feel that way. But that is the most gratifying thing that I've found in my life is really that itself, is being able to create that smile and that relationship because whenever you change someone's life you can feel it. And I don't even think there's words to explain the feeling that you get within yourself. It's just that warm, happy sensation that you have done well for someone else and that's why I do what I do.
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