TMJ Disorders

man with sore jawThe TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the small joint located directly in front of the ear. This joint allows for movement of the lower jaw during opening and closing. TMJ disorders, dysfunction, and TMD are terms that describe a malfunction or problem related to this joint and its associated components, mainly its muscles and ligaments.

When functioning correctly, you can open and close your mouth during chewing, speaking, and swallowing without pain or discomfort. When an abnormality occurs in this system, it may result in difficulty in opening, clicking, popping or grating noises, and in many cases moderate to severe pain, known as a TMJ disorder.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

Patients who suffer from TMJ disorders commonly exhibit the below listed symptoms. The presence of one or more of these symptoms does not necessarily confirm the diagnosis of a TMJ disorder, however, the diagnosis of TMJ would be confirmed upon a clinical and radiographic examination.

  1. Discomfort of the facial region generally above and in front of the ear
  2. Noise in the jaw joint on opening and closing that is described as a popping, clicking, or grating sound
  3. Frequent headaches and neck aches
  4. Locking of the jaw and or painful opening and closing
  5. Habits such as grinding or clenching of the teeth
  6. A history of direct trauma of the chin or jaw joint region

Treatment Options

Both surgical and non-surgical treatments can be appropriate for TMJ dysfunction. They may include jaw exercises, cold or hot pack applications, medications, electrical stimulation, biofeedback, and others. The use of a night guard is in many cases extremely effective in reducing pain and restoring normal function with the absence of pain.

Surgery in our office is only considered in those cases where the diagnosis indicates a specific problem involving the joint. Surgical procedures are performed in much the same way as in other joints of the body. In extreme joint deterioration cases, joint replacement surgery may be necessary.

Bergen Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

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Patient Review By Maria Calvelli

I have had dental issues which was finally resolved by Dr Novelli. He was very knowledgeable, professional, reassuring and excellent in every way. I have recommended him to my husband who have also had positive experience with Dr. Novelli. He is a great dentist. His assistant was kind caring and professional. Thank you both for the excellent care I received.

- Maria Calvelli

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Patient Review By Susan F

Dr. Park is the best oral surgeon. He did an amazing job extracting my tooth. It was quick and painless. Dr. Park explained every step of the procedure and he took the time to answer ALL my questions. He is a very caring Dr. who truly cares about his patients and their well being. He called me later in the day to see how I was feeling. I would highly recommend Dr. Park to anyone who needs an oral surgeon. Dr. Parks assistant Amina, was absolutely great at explaining all the post-op procedures for when I get home. Dr. Parks and his staff made me feel very comfortable and relaxed, I knew I was in good hands.

- Susan F

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Patient Review By Sherri C

Dr. Park was a pleasure for a what should have been a not so pleasant visit. He was kind and thorough and explained every step as he performed them. He also took care of my mom and she feels the same way. Dr. Park is my choice for TOP DOC 2020! Thank you, Dr. Park and staff. Stay safe and keep up the good work!

- Sherri C

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Patient Review By Ralph B

The entire staff was both helpful and professional in all areas of my examination. I would highly recommend this service.

- Ralph B

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Patient Review By Samantha G

I had a procedure done with Dr. Park a few weeks ago. I was super nervous pre procedure and the nurse Linda calmed my nerves instantly. She is a kind knowledgeable nurse who took great care of me. Dr. Parks anesthesia was the best. I woke up feeling great with no side effects, I am usually very groggy and nauseous after procedure. He is such a friendly man with great bed side manner. He is informative and helped eased my nerves as well. I had little to no pain after my procedure. I was always so afraid of dental work based on past experiences. BOMS has calmed my fears and I would recommend them 100x over !

- Samantha G

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Patient Review By Yanyluz T

Dr.Mark was amazing... I had really bad anxiety but Dr.Mark kept saying everything will be ok, he was right!! first time I had a tooth pulled out and actually not feel pain... with definitely be going back to them if I need anything else done...

- Yanyluz T

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Patient Review By Joann C

i was very nervous about pulling a deep rooted wisdom tooth....however, dr. park, made it simple, quick, and without the pain i was anticipating

- Joann C

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Patient Review By Elise C

To paraphrase a television show's theme song, Dr. Han can turn the world on with his smile.....and he is doing the same for mine. He is the consummate professional who takes his time explaining everything and dissolving the worst ever case of anxiety. Hand to heart, the assistants follow suit. Shout out to Lana at Franklin Lakes who went above and beyond today. I can't recommend this place enough.

- Elise C

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Patient Review By Russell R

Jan 31, 2020. Tooth extraction and bone graft. I was SO at ease from the moment I walked in the door. Never went to an oral surgeon but my dentist suggested I see Dr. Diamond. Dawn and Savannah were extremely perfect at putting me at ease and answered my questions as did Dr. Diamond. Not much pain during extraction and later that night did experience some pain but Tylenol took care of that quickly. This group is perfect. Thank you so much.

- Russell R

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Patient Review By John M

Dr. Han extracted my 13th year old daugher's wisdom teeth and we were extremely pleased with the experience. His blend of expertise and humor put us all at ease, while the office staff was courteous and professional. While the billing had confusing elements due to both medical and dental coverage, the billing department was very helpful informing and guiding us.

- John M

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Patient Review By Robert C

Super ! Professional friendly painless!!

- Robert C

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Patient Review By Gabriella V

Dr. Novelli made me feel at ease with my wisdom teeth situation as I was nervous about one tooth being so close to a nerve. He answered every question I had during my consultation and explained the procedure in depth while showing me the X-Ray. I immediately scheduled my appointment and returned a few weeks later for my surgery. I was nervous as I entered the room, but the whole process was smooth and seamless. Dr. Novelli and the nurses took great care of me and before I knew it, it was over! The entire staff was extremely kind, helpful, caring, and accommodating and made the process as pleasant as possible. The office is immaculately clean with extremely advanced technology. I highly recommend Dr. Novelli for anyone in need of an oral/maxillofacial surgeon!

- Gabriella V

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Patient Review By Juliet D

Dr. Han and his staff at Bergen Oral Surgery were fantastic. I couldn't be happier with the overall compassionate & efficient care from the physician and staff. They were great in accommodating my busy schedule and ease of getting an appointment. I highly recommend this practice!

- Juliet D

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Patient Review By Dana L

I can’t say enough good things about my whole experience. I haven’t been to the dentist in way too long. Frankly, because I was terrified. Dr Han and his whole staff were absolutely amazing. They made me feel calm and comfortable and did a great job. I would get my wisdom teeth out again if that were an option! That’s saying a lot coming from a patient that walked in crying. All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

- Dana L

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Patient Review By Lorraine P

Simply the Best

- Lorraine P

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Patient Review By Ione Laios

magnificent

- Ione Laios

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Patient Review By Samantha L

My experience was excellent. I love this practice, would highly recommend.

- Samantha L

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Patient Review By Dawn S

Very good oral surgeon. Dr. Novelli has pulled 4 teeth in the past for me and done many implants. I have periodontal disease and he always takes care of me when I'm in pain. He pulled the tooth for me 2 days ago and I feel fine and he's also a nice person and his staff is extremely sweet.

- Dawn S

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Patient Review By Drew R

Great experience, would recommend to anyone! I was nervous, but the doctor and nurses kept me calm and relaxed.

- Drew R

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Patient Review By Michelle V

Dr. Novelli's assistant was great! She showed compassion throughout the entire procedure. She was friendly, gentle, caring and kind! I felt assured through her professionalism. Cheers to a great team!

- Michelle V

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Patient Review By Suzanne N

Dr. Diamond is great and very generous. I Loved him. He's kind and did a great job w my implant. I was so scared to hv my molar pulled to prepare for implant but it was fairly quick and absolutely painless, even after i left office there was only some dull throbbing at night. I didn't even use the ibuprofen they prescribed. He called later that night to check on me. His staff is great and followed up as well. Everyone is very nice. Not like some dr. offices. I had to hv 3 or 4 very quick visits (not even enough time to read one article in waiting room) including the post which also went well. I was scared but it didn't hurt a bit. I went to Ridgewood and Westwood offices. Both no wait times. I went to him upon referral from my husband who works at hospital where Diamond works. He said i'd be crazy to go anywhere else bc he's heard nothing but good things about him and likes him too. I have a friend who goes to same practice and tells me details about her procedure each time and tells me how she loves them too (she's having major reconstruction). I highly recommend.

- Suzanne N

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Patient Review By Eliza A

My 17 year old son had to have all 4 wisdom teeth extracted... and Dr. Diamond and his wonderful surgical team were the best! I felt comfortable that my son was in great hands. Everything from our first visit to the follow up call from the Dr. himself was so professional and well done. I just want to say thanks again to the nurses and the Dr.!

- Eliza A

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Patient Review By Sara H

I got my wisdom teeth out here and it was overall a wonderful experience. The dental assistants who helped me during my consult and procedure were very sweet and patient. Dr. Diamond did a great job and my recovery was quick and easy!! You guys are the BOMS

- Sara H

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Patient Review By Jason R

Not much pain and back to normal in 5 days

- Jason R

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Patient Review By John D

Great practice overall!

- John D

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