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TMJ Treatment

Your jaw isn’t supposed to snap, crackle and pop like your cereal. And you shouldn’t feel pain when you yawn or open your mouth to sing. But if you have what’s commonly called TMJ, you may be experiencing all those side effects. There are so many different factors that may contribute to your jaw condition that it’s best to rely on an expert like Dr. Alex Shalman in Downtown NYC for friendly, personalized care and treatment. He’s a TMJ specialist who runs a boutique dental practice. That means he can give you the time and attention you need to find the most effective treatment. Don’t suffer jaw pain needlessly; call Dr. Shalman for an appointment and get to the root of your pain quickly.

What Is TMJ?
TMJ is the acronym for the temporomandibular joint. You have two, one on each side of your head. They connect your lower jaw to your skull. A round bump on each side of your jaw fits into an indentation on the skull, and cartilage holds them in place. The joint functions like a sliding hinge and allows your mouth to open and close. With the help of your facial muscles, your temporomandibular joints allow you to yawn, chew and speak.

Whenever you have jaw pain or limitations in the flexibility of your jaw, you may have TMJ dysfunction. This condition impacts your quality of life because you don’t want to open your mouth or move your jaw. Don’t wait for it to get that bad; seek attention at the first sign of jaw pain. If you’re looking for a top TMJ specialist in the New York City area, Dr. Alex Shalman is one of the best dentists for TMJ relief. His family dentistry practice in Downtown Manhattan is a boutique practice, which means he has the bandwidth to give you his complete attention. His primary focus is the health and functionality of your teeth, gums and jaw, and he’s passionate about his work.

What Causes TMJ Pain?
TMJ dysfunction is a collection of issues with your jaw joint. The end result is most often TMJ pain. This condition can result from a range of problems, including:

- Malocclusion. This term refers to improper contact between your upper and lower teeth. It can cause headaches, indigestion and TMJ pain.

- Jaw joint pain. Your pain may be due to a displaced joint disc, a dislocated jaw or another injury.

- Soft-tissue dysfunction. Some kind of irritation in your facial muscles, which are responsible for chewing and moving your jaw, may cause something similar to TMJ pain.

- Arthritis. This joint disease causes inflammatory or degenerative in the joint.

While the exact causes of TMJ pain aren’t always well understood, it sometimes results from trauma to the temporomandibular joint or the jaw bone itself. Since it’s more prevalent in women, there may be a link to female hormones. Although temporomandibular joint dysfunction often appears without any identifiable reason, it’s associated with people who clench their jaw or grind their teeth, a condition called bruxism.

Shalman Dentistry
44 W 10th St #1A,
New York, NY 10011
(212) 658-1093
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Greenwich Village | Chelsea | Nomad | Kips Bay | Soho | Noho
10011, 10012, 10013, 10014 | 10001| 10016

Working Hours:
Monday: 9am–5pm
Tuesday: 9am–5pm
Wednesday: 9am–5pm
Thursday: 9am–5pm
Friday: 8am–2pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Payment: cash, check, credit cards.

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Tips To Reduce Dental Patient No-Shows

As it comes to cutting down on cancellations and no-shows, we also live in an increasingly demanding world, and it can be difficult for your patients to take the time and effort out of their busy schedules to go to a dentist. Whatever the reason, your practice needs to understand this and help alleviate your patient’s concerns.

Help patients make dental visits a priority by emphasizing points such as early intervention can help ensure a quicker and less costly resolution to a dental problem.
There are similar but different protocols for
1) new patients,
2) patients due for re-care
3) patients past due for re-care
4) patients scheduled for operative, and
5) patients who broke their appointment for the operative.

10 tips that address all patients:

1. Talk to patients. The most basic step to keep no-shows and cancellations low is talking to patients while they are in the practice to ensure they’re educated on the negative effects on their oral and overall health if they do not move ahead with their treatment or care.

2. Assign confirmation to any team member so that the practice has accountability. That team member should have outstanding communication skills and have his or her ear "tuned" into a lack of commitment phrases from patients.

3. Find out whether patients would prefer to be contacted by text, mail, or phone. Texting is fastly becoming the preferred method, at least for my clients’ patients. Do not offer a postcard. Only use a postcard if a patient will request it.
With the help of advancements in dental technology, patients have much less reason to dread trips to your practice. Your job is to educate them on how the latest technology can help assuage their fears. Dentists can now quickly assess what issues patients are facing and accurately determine a course of treatment.

4. Keep the basic schedule for confirming appointments, which is three weeks, three days, and one day, unless a patient tells you differently.

5. Know that certain types of patients must be confirmed directly and fast.
         a) Those who have previously broken an appointment.
         b) Patients below 30s, Older people are often more reliable.
         c) Patients who use Medical aid or any other government plan (those who pay cash or have private insurance are more reliable).
         d) Those who have not been in practice for some time.

6. An active short-call list to help plug any holes in your schedule.

7. Remember the reminder for an operative appointment is one day before unless the appointment is booked well in advance.

8. For new patients, a call from the dentist to invite them to the practice will cut down on new patient no-shows.

9. If a patient doesn’t show up, call the person right away. If you do not reach the patient list, let the person know you’ll try back in a week. Repeat a week later if necessary. If there is still no response, put them on automatic reminders using their preferred form of communication and that will be taken care of.

10. After a month of patients responding and communication, continue to make calls based on your knowledge of a patient without becoming obnoxious or seeming desperate. How many calls you make are based on what you know about a patient. You should not be rote about how often you call, if you know the patient is out of the country for a few weeks, is ill, or whatever the case may be.

Above all, consistent focus on your marketing efforts and consistent messaging should empower your practice to not only rebound, but slingshot to greater success.

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