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Jeffrey Kessler, D.M.D.

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

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 practitioner who's right for you.

  1. 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.

  2. Investigate the doctor's training.

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

  3. 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 long-term treatment plan. If you feel bullied, pressured, or rushed, then that's probably not the right dentist for you.

  4. 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 smile. You need to know how long the process will take, what you'll have to do, and any complications that could occur.

  5. Nothing compares to experience.

    Much like other people, dentists get better at things the more they do them. Ideally, your dentist will have lots of experience with dentistry in general and with cases like yours specifically.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Ask about references and recommendations.

    Word of mouth can provide valuable insights. Learn more about your potential new dentist by asking around. Do other medical and dental professionals refer patients to this dentist? Do past patients recommend this dentist?

  10. 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.

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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."

10515 Meeting St #104

Prospect, Kentucky 40059

Appt Tel: (502) 420-2480


Valhalla Dental Care is conveniently located inside Norton Commons neighborhood. We are across the street from Johnny Brusco's, next to State Farm.