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Michael Unti, D.D.S.

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Top 10 Critical Things You Should Know
Before You Select a TMJ Dentist

TMJ Dentistry is an investment in the future of your smile. And, like any investment, you'll want to do a little research before making a final decision on dental work. These guidelines can help you choose the TMJ treatment practitioner who's right for you.

  1. Check the doctor's credentials.

    Does the dentist specialize in TMJ treatment? Though licensed general dentists can treat TMJ, not all general practitioners have the experience to do it well. No matter who you choose, make sure the dentist is licensed through the state dental board.

  2. Investigate the doctor's training.

    The best TMJ dentists didn't just go to dental school; they also completed extensive post-graduate training programs that focus specifically on issues of jaw disorders. In addition, the best dentists regularly attend continuing education classes to stay up-to-date on new procedures and materials.

  3. Start with a consultation.

    Going in for a consultation is a great way to learn more about a dentist and dental practice. Consultations are generally inexpensive, and are sometimes even offered for free. Talk to the dentist before you commit to anything. Remember, it's your job to make an educated decision.

  4. Know the different types of TMJ.

    There are a number of different possible causes of TMJ; your dentist will need to determine the cause of your TMJ before deciding on a treatment plan. Muscle disorders (also called mysofacial disorders) are the most common reason for TMJ pain. Joint derangement disorders generally come from injuries or other physical trauma, and degenerative joint disorders are caused by degenerative diseases like arthritis.

  5. Pick a dentist who knows what TMJ can mean.

    Sometimes the cause of TMJ pain is not dental in origin. Your dentist should look into what's causing your TMJ. If it's not in fact a dental problem, your dentist can refer you to a medical specialist (surgeon, neurologist, etc.) who can help you.

  6. Ask about follow-up treatment.

    TMJ isn't something that your dentist can fix in a single visit or two. You'll likely have to make some changes in your life, such as avoiding hard-to-chew foods. Make sure the dentist you select has a follow-up plan to keep your teeth and jaw healthy.

  7. Understand your treatment options.

    There are a variety of treatment options for TMJ, and the one that's right for you will depend on the severity of your TMJ. Extreme cases may require you to wear a dental splint or even to undergo surgery.

  8. Communication is key.

    It's essential that you be able to talk to your dentist - and that your dentist will listen to you! There's a lot of dialogue that needs to go into an individual treatment plan. If you feel bullied, pressured, or rushed, then that's probably not the right dentist for you.

  9. Don't pay too much - or too little.

    Some dentists charge more by marketing themselves as high-end luxury dentists offering cosmetic smile makeovers. Other dentists try to make up for poor materials and shoddy work by offering low prices. Beware the extremes.

  10. An honest dentist sets realistic expectations.

    Watch out for doctors who promise more than they can deliver. You want a dentist who will tell you what can and cannot be done for your TMJ. You need to know how long the process will take, what you'll have to do, and any complications that could occur.

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"We know that selecting a TMJ dentist is not easy. I want you to know that you can call me personally with any questions or concerns."

235 North Northwest Highway

Palatine, Illinois 60067

Appt Tel: (847) 359-7520


Palatine Complete Dental is conveniently located on Northwest Highway (Route 14), north of Palatine Road.