If you have found this website you most likely have pain or disconcerting noise in your jaw joint. Either you are new to this problem, and wonder what is going on, or most likely you have already been to several doctors/dentists and found, that while they know what the problem is, they do not have a long term solution to your pain. I spent two years in post graduate education [www.facedentistry.org] learning to treat jaw pain patients successfully. I have helped hundreds of TMJ sufferers to complete pain relief and comfort. If your problem is caused by a bad bite, and 99% are, I can help you right away. The treatment is not expensive or time consuming, with no surgery, no drugs, no complicated treatment regimen. If you need help with TMJ pain please read further, to learn what is going on in your jaw, and then call me to cure it.
What is TMJ
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. The TMJ is a hinge and gliding joint and is the most constantly used joint in the body. The round upper end of the lower jaw, or the part of the joint that moves, is called the condyle; the socket is called the articular fossa. Between the condyle and the fossa a disk made of cartilage exists, which acts as a cushion to absorb stress, and allows the condyle to move easily when the mouth opens and closes.
What causes TMJ
When the teeth do not come together correctly, a dentist calls this a malocclusion. In simple terms malocclusion means that the Condyle does not seat properly in the fossa when the teeth bite. Many people have a malocclusion, and have adapted without pain or awareness of a problem.
If a person has pain, the first thing we do is to get the patient out of pain right away. To do this we use a small splint, on the front teeth, to reposition the condyle to a more comfortable position. The pain goes away in a day.
Meet our Dentist Dr. Joe Sheehy, DDS
Dr. Sheehy graduated from Georgetown University Dental School in 1980. He opened the office in San Mateo in August of that year. His commitment to dentistry is lifelong and passionate. He loves the work and the people. Dr. Sheehy attends continuing education in the fields of Orthodontics, Cosmetic Dentistry, TMJ Pain Relief Treatment, Crowns Bridges, Dentures and Partial Dentures , Implants, Endodontics [root canal], Periodontics[gums], Safety and Sterilization, and all phases of General Dentistry.
The family dental care office of Dr. Joe Sheehy located in San Mateo California, provides a full range of dental and cosmetic services, from the latest cosmetic techniques to the most advanced in tooth replacement.
Do not hesitate to ask questions or to discuss your dental needs. Our staff is eager to make you feel at home in our state-of-the-art facility, and we will explain all aspects of your care as thoroughly as possible. Relax in our friendly, comfortable office. No treatments will be performed until you understand them, their appropriateness and the costs involved.
I have been coming to this dentist for several years now! Dr. Sheehy and his whole office staff is absolutely friendly and great at what they do, they will not sell you work you don’t need, and in fact they really take their time to get to know you. I’ve recommended Dr. Sheehy to everyone. I like that it is a small office, very welcoming –Caroline, the receptionist is the best!!! It’s a very clean office too.
Dr Sheehy is a wonderful dentist, he identified the problem with my jaw and suggested a fix for it in no time. If you have a TMJ issue, he is the dentist to go to. I’ll be going to him for all dental work from now on. He has really great staff as well, they work hard with insurance companies and make you feel comfortable even if you are one of those (like me) who have a fear of dental work.
After struggling with TMJ for 4 years, Dr. Sheehy fixed my problem by making me a fosa and educating me on the importance of wearing it every single night. Now i can open my jaw with no issues. No more migraines, ear ringing and struggling to eat. I can’t praise this man enough. He is the only person i will allow to work on my teeth ever again. Thank you Dr. Sheehy!