A Dentist Focused on Optimal Oral Function
Jaw dysfunction can result in a number of unpleasant symptoms, including discomfort, teeth grinding, and difficulty breathing.
Undergoing treatment with a dentist who understand the complexities of the jaw can restore your oral comfort, function, and health.
The Jaw-Body Connection
The Jaw Impacts Important Daily Functions
At Buffalo TMJ, our dentist focuses on the function of the jaw as a critical body part, responsible for chewing food, communicating ideas and feelings, and helping to regulate breathing. Jaw problems can result in chronic discomfort, inhibit oral function, and even result in sleep apnea.
Jaw Pain and Dysfunction Has Many Causes
There are many reasons your jaw might not function properly. Some are related to the way the teeth fit together, others correspond to patterns of muscle movements and reflexes, and still others relate to dis-harmonies elsewhere in the body. During your dental appointment at Buffalo TMJ in Orchard Park, NY, we will identify the source of your jaw problems and determine an appropriate treatment plan.
Proper Diagnosis and Treatment Can Help
A common dental problem that brings people to our office is clicking and popping in the jaw. Our goal is to help you figure out exactly what it is that's malfunctioning, why certain structures aren't working as well as you'd like, and then to help you find ways to overcome these problems.
It is our mission at Buffalo TMJ to help patients overcome jaw pain and dysfunction without the need for surgery and without extensive...and EXPENSIVE...restorative dentistry.
Very pleased with Doctor and staff. Professional and extremely competent. Short wait time, friendly everyone, easy parking. Most of all, my treatments seem to be working.
Find Out How We Can Help
If you are looking for a dentist who offers TMJ care, look no further than Dr. Dolgos. His dental practice focuses exclusively on care for those suffering from jaw problems and sleep apnea. We invite you to speak with a member of our team to schedule an appointment at our Orchard Park, NY, office so we can examine your teeth, jaw, and other oral structures. After your appointment, Dr. Dolgos will recommend and develop a treatment plan to improve your health.
Custom Oral Appliances for TMJ Disorder
The foundation of Functional Jaw Rehabilitation at Buffalo TMJ in Orchard Park, NY, is the Stabilization Orthotic, or what we call the MSO. This specially-designed oral appliance first de-programs the old neurological patterns that have led to your symptoms. From there, it can help the nervous system learn new patterns that keep the stomatognathic system stable, balanced, and functioning optimally.
Dr. Dolgos crafts each of these devices on-site and feels strongly that this is a significant reason so many of our patients feel so much better.
Watch Jeffrey Dolgos, DDS, Advise Patients On How to Choose a Mouth Guard
A Patient's Experience with a Custom Mouth Guard
Jeffrey Dolgos, DDS: In His Own Words... My Commitment to Continued Learning
For the past two decades, I've collected a great deal of knowledge and information, earning many certificates and a few credentials. I spent many hours studying advanced dental techniques at the prestigious Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida. I earned fellowships in the Academy of General Dentistry, and in the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain through accumulating a certain number of hours and passing some tests. But my educational pursuits have not been limited to the dental field and it always seemed that every time I found an answer to a question, several more questions would arise. These questions led me to study books and articles on physical therapy, anatomy, nutrition, biomechanics, energy medicine, alchemy, homeopathy, disease, kinesiology, psychology, physics, and sleep.
I had a particularly keen interest in the nature of light, and its relationship to consciousness. I bought my first laser in 2005, and I began practicing Reiki around the same time. At this stage of my learning, I fully accept the idea that most, if not all, disease begins in the subtle energy field, prior to manifestation in the physical body. The things we can measure and observe in the physical system are consequences, not causes. We can treat the physical systems, but healing really occurs when the true causes are allowed to arise and can be released. As my pursuits lead me further and further into the study of consciousness and its influences on the nervous and muscular systems, I hope to incorporate a wider variety of techniques and treatment modalities into my diagnostic efforts and therapeutic protocols and help people reach this deeper level of healing.
For now, my treatment approach centers around the optimal function of the jaw joints, the connected musculature, and the nervous system. I hope that I can help you in your search for knowledge and in your pursuit of comfort and wellness. And if you decide to visit me for a consultation, I very much look forward to meeting you!
The History of Buffalo TMJ
Back in 1989, a local dentist by the name of Dr. Robert S. Kull made the bold decision to exclusively focus his dental practice on the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ Dysfunction. I always thought it was interesting that his name was Dr. Kull.
He called his practice Western New York TMD, and it became well-known in this area as the place to go if you had a jaw problem. Dr. Kull took an approach to this problem that was very different from that which is taught in conventional dental education. His approach placed attention on the form and function of the joint structures themselves, rather than on how the teeth fit together.
Dr. Kull concentrated his practice exclusively to the treatment of TMJ dysfunction and facial pain from about 1989 until his retirement in 2011, at which time he entrusted his practice to me. During his 20+ years of treating TMJ Dysfunction and facial pain, Dr. Kull developed a protocol that was predictable and effective for a very high percentage of people, a unique quality in the field of TMJ Dysfunction. Before he left the profession, he taught me how he evaluated and treated his patients. I have continued to refine and develop this protocol in a continual effort to meet the needs of each individual who comes to me for help.
TMJ Rehab Order the book by clicking on it!
Most people really don't like going to the dentist. Most people don't really want root canals, or crowns, or braces, or surgery. It has been my goal for quite some time to create a conservative, functional, and orthopedic program to help patients rehabilitate their jaws, without the need for surgery, braces, or significant restorative dentistry if possible.
My practice mission is to help patients understand, and then overcome the uncomfortable, often painful symptoms that can arise due to malfunctioning jaw joints and muscles. Our primary objectives at Buffalo TMJ are to protect the joint structures from being overloaded, to deprogram the neurological reflexes that get in the way of jaw function, and to program new neuro-muscular patterns that will support optimal function and comfort. The problem is, I can only see one patient at a time, and I know there are many patients out there who are looking for a solution...or at least a place to start.
That's why I wrote this book. My team members and I walk our patients through a 12-week TMJ Rehab program which incorporates techniques and exercises I’ve learned from many different modalities and adapted through the years to meet the needs of the TMJ sufferer. This workbook outlines exercises combining elements of physical therapy, kinesiology, yoga, meditation, dietary modification, and vibrational healing into one cohesive program.
You can now order this book through Amazon.com!
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“Thank y’all so much for all you did for me and my jaw! I feel so much better and it’s amazing how much an appliance can make a difference.” Lelia J.
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