Serenity Smile Designs
We produce the lowest doses of radiation necessary for diagnosis of dental disease.
Serenity Smile designs is dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients. We have provided this information to provide an explanation to the recent media reports about the increased incidence(slightly above the risk of 6 in every 100,000) of brain cancer(meningioma) as a result of dental x-rays. The studies sound very alarming, so it is important to understand what they really mean. I will preface by saying that our office uses the most advanced digital x-ray available on the market which provides 75% lower radiation than other standard dental xray technology. In this article we have provided statistics show how much radiation a person is exposed and how much of that actually comes from digital dental xrays. So before you panic read on.
A more extensive article detailing flaws in the study can be found at Reuters.
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Diagnosing TMJ With Precision & Care
Dr. Erik Mendelsohn is proud to offer Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) for patients with jaw pain and associated symptoms. JVA provides a fast, non-invasive, and reliable measurement of TMJ function to aid in the diagnosis of TMJ problems.
As part of every dental exam at Serenity Smile Designs in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, Dr. Erik Mendelsohn palpates the patients’ face and TMJ’s to see if there are any clicks or pops associated with opening and closing the mouth. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex joints in the body. Like all human joints, the TMJ has surfaces which rub together when you chew, swallow or speak. Smooth, well-lubricated surfaces within the joint produce little friction and little vibration. But if the joint surface changes because of degeneration, disk displacement or injury, jaw movement will produce friction and vibration.
Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR) Therapy is a specialized dental treatment Dr. Mendelsohn utilizes that requires the use of T-Scan (digital bite recorder) in conjunction with an EMG (muscle recording device) to evaluate the bite forces and teeth contacts in relation to muscle activity. If the teeth do not contact properly the muscles must work really hard in order to compensate during chewing which can lead to TMJ issues, headaches, sore jaw muscles, sensitive/broken teeth, and even teeth grinding/clenching.
Anybody who has a child participating in South Jersey organized sports worries about injuries brought about as a result of that sport. And it matters not whether it’s a contact sport like football or the less impactful activity like tennis. There’s always the threat of injury.
Maria had an uneven bite after she had braces. While braces do make your teeth look straight and perfect, the bite is impossible for a dentist or orthodontist to perfect. As the teeth are moved they hit in a new way that is typically far from perfect. After her braces Maria loved her smile but had tension headaches due to her uneven bite. After her bite was tested and refines her headaches went away.