TMD causes uncomfortable symptoms and may lead to dental health problems, but we have the technology to address them.
Laser dentistry can provide comfortable, precise, and effective treatment to relax your TMJs and treat related dental issues.
See how Jeffrey M. Dolgos, DDS, serving Buffalo, NY, can use the latest technology to benefit you.
The Effects TMD Has on Your Oral Health
and How Lasers Can Help
Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) do more than cause pain and discomfort in the jaw area; they can also lead to oral health concerns such as:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth damage
- Worn teeth
- Gum recession
- Bleeding gums
Buffalo TMJ offers laser treatment to address the source of your problem and correct the dental concerns you may be experiencing. This approach targets the compromised hard or soft tissue, eliminating the problematic tissue with minimal disruption of surrounding tissue. We also use lasers that can reduce TMJ inflammation through application to specific areas of the head and face.
Experience Advanced Dental Care Contact Our Office Today
As a TMD sufferer himself, Dr. Dolgos specializes in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders. He understands the toll these conditions can take on a person's daily life, so he does everything he can to stay up-to-date with the latest technology in the field of dentistry and provide the very best solutions. Whether you have dental anxiety or have run out of solutions for treating your TMD, our lasers can provide significant benefits.
To experience the benefits of laser dentistry, we invite you to fill out our contact form or call our office outside of Buffalo, NY:
"Buffalo TMJ offers laser treatment to address the source of your problem and correct the dental concerns you may be experiencing."
What We Can Treat With Lasers
If a tooth develops a small cavity, we can use lasers to remove the decaying tissue. Lasers are a conservative treatment option that allows dentists to preserve more of the healthy tooth structure than dental drills. After decayed tissue has been removed, the cavity can be filled or the tooth can be repaired with a crown.
Like the hard tissues of the mouth, the soft tissues can also be treated with lasers. If you have gum disease, Dr. Dolgos can use lasers to remove unhealthy tissue while leaving healthy gum tissue intact. Laser treatment can also help stimulate new gum tissue growth to replace the diseased soft tissue and reverse gum recession.
TMD can make eating and speaking painful and difficult. Laser biostimulation is a gentle treatment that can be used to relax the jaw muscles, alleviating pain and other uncomfortable symptoms that are caused by TMJ disorders.
The Laser Technology We Use for the Treatment of TMD and Related Dental Issues
TMD can make your teeth more prone to damage, leading to decay. Waterlase™ by BIOLASE® can treat issues relating to the hard and soft tissues, such as dental decay and gum disease. Waterlase combines laser energy with a cooling stream of water to minimize discomfort and tooth pain, so many patients can undergo treatment without anesthesia.
TMD can affect the health of your gums, leading to periodontal disease and gum recession. LANAP® allows our dentist to remove infected gum tissue easily and with a high degree of accuracy. LANAP is a unique dentistry solution because it can lead to gum regeneration, new bone growth, and gum tissue reattachment after treatment.
Using Laser Technology for TMJ Disorders
Our practice focuses on the treatment of TMD, and lasers are helping us to deliver exceptional results. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) delivers infrared light to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to:
- Improve blood flow to the area
- Reduce pain and inflammation
- Aid in tissue repair
- Improve range of motion
- Accelerate the healing process
Patients who receive LLLT can enjoy a comfortable experience that doesn't heat or damage their skin or other tissues. Though treatment will vary from patient to patient, it typically lasts about 10 minutes and is administered at least twice a week for several weeks. This nonsurgical and non-invasive treatment is appropriate for patients of all ages.
The Importance of a Functional TMJ
Our practice serving Buffalo recognizes the TMJs as critical parts of the body. When the TMJs aren't functioning properly, the health of your entire body can suffer. You may not be able to eat properly, communicate effectively, sleep peacefully, or even breathe properly.
Because the health of your TMJs is so important, we are proud to offer laser technology as a gentle way to treat TMD. Dr. Dolgos can diagnose your condition, identify the source of the problem, and determine if LLLT can be part of your treatment plan.
You're in Capable Hands When You Choose Buffalo TMJ for Treatment
Dr. Dolgos is uniquely qualified to perform dental procedures using lasers. He teaches laser physics and LANAP protocols at the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, where he became a certified instructor in 2008. When performed by a qualified dentist like Dr. Dolgos, laser dentistry is just as safe, if not safer, than traditional dentistry.
If you're in the Buffalo area and have an oral health concern or TMD, we invite you to request a consultation with our dentist or call our Orchard Park office:
"A sufferer of TMD himself, Dr. Dolgos specializes in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders. He understands the toll these conditions can take on a person's daily life, so he does everything he can to stay up-to-date with the latest technology."
Laser Treatment Is Safe
Our dentist goes the extra mile in ensuring your safety before, during, and after treatment by:
Providing Protective Eyewear
Lasers can be dangerous when a patient looks directly into them. Because of this, Jeffrey M. Dolgos, DDS, provides patients with protective eyewear during treatment with certain lasers.
Practicing Proper Application
Laser dentistry is widely considered safer than traditional surgical methods since it sterilizes and seals the treatment site. Our dentist has been using laser dentistry since 2005. Since then, he has been honing his technique and ensuring his patients have a comfortable and safe experience. He is an authority on laser dentistry who mentors colleagues, so you can feel confident under his care.
Dr. Dolgos will take time to make sure you understand the side effects you may experience after your treatment. Redness or soreness at the treatment site can be expected, but these symptoms are normal and shouldn't last long. Any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Receive Comprehensive Care for Your TMD
Though lasers can alleviate the symptoms of TMD, you may be wondering about alternative treatment options or solutions that can be used in conjunction with LLLT. Dr. Dolgos offers a wide variety of treatments, such as:
- Occlusal splints
- Prescription-strength medication
- Muscle relaxants
- Trigger point injections
- BOTOX® injections
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
Dr. Dolgos also has a YouTube channel where patients can learn stretches, exercises, and techniques to alleviate their pain and discomfort.
"When performed by a qualified dentist like Dr. Dolgos, laser dentistry is just as safe, if not safer, than traditional dentistry."