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5660 N. Fresno Suite 110
Fresno, CA 93710
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Thomas E. Bramanti, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Board-Certified Diplomate American Board of Periodontology/Implant Dentistry
Board-Certified Diplomate American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry
Certified TMJ Expert, The Pankey Institute
Fellow American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Clinical Assistant Professor at UCSF in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor UCSF-Fresno Medical Education Program, School of Medicine
"A sanctuary of clinical excellence"
Thomas E. Bramanti, D.D.S., Ph.D., is a Board-Certified TMJ Expert.
Dr. Bramanti is the recognized expert in the Central Valley for treatment of TMJ Disorders. He provides complete diagnosis and relief for all types of TMJ dysfunction, muscle and facial pain, and amazing headache relief.
Dr. Bramanti has established premier practice and prestigious academic career providing the best care available for TMJ Disorders.
Dr. Bramanti is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). With unmatched expertise, Dr. Bramanti brings clinical and academic skillsets that offer the most advanced and comprehensive TMJ treatment options that exist today.
Dr. Bramanti is uniquely trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of TMJ Disorders, headaches and migraines, facial pain and postural changes. His expertise encompasses routine and advanced scopes of therapies to bring pain relief and health to your condition.
Dr. Bramanti makes it his priority to ensure that you are fully informed, have been given the full spectrum of treatment choices, and that you understand your treatment plan and follow-up care. Dr. Bramanti will outline all the treatment options available in a way that you can understand, and take the time necessary to answer any questions so you can make your TMJ treatment decisions with confidence. His focus is on clarity of understanding your condition and treatment paths bringing you peace of mind. From your initial consultation to follow-up, Dr. Bramanti is dedicated to your comfort and care.
Key SUMMARY points about temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD)
What are TMJ disorders (TMD)?
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are disorders of the jaw and neck muscles, temporomandibular joints, and the nerves linked to chronic facial pain. Any problem that prevents the complex system of muscles, bones, joints and nerves from working together in harmony may result in a temporomandibular disorder.
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the 2 joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. More specifically, they are the joints that slide and rotate in front of each ear. They include the lower jaw (mandible) and the temporal bone (the side and base of the skull). The lower jaw is the largest and strongest bone in the human skull. It is the only moving bone on your face. Attached to it are major muscles for chewing (mastication). This bone facilitates jaw movement for chewing and speaking and works in conjunction with several muscles.
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The TMJs are among the most complex joints in the body. These joints, along with several muscles, allow the mandible to move up and down, side to side, and forward and back. When the mandible and the joints are correctly aligned, smooth muscle actions can take place. These include chewing, talking, yawning, and swallowing. When these structures (muscles, ligaments, disk, jaw bone, temporal bone) are not aligned they don’t move well together. This may cause several problems to occur.
TMD is classified by the following:
You can have 1 or more of these conditions at the same time.
What causes TMD?
In many cases, the actual cause of this disorder may not be immediately clear.
What are the symptoms of TMD?
The following are the most common symptoms of TMD:
The symptoms of TMD may look like other conditions or health problems. Dr. Bramanti will be able to help you find a diagnosis and recommend an appropriate course of therapy.
How is TMD diagnosed?
A variety of methods are used to diagnose TMD. These include:
How is TMD treated?
Treatment will depend on your symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition may be.
Treatment may include:
TMD symptoms can come back during times of stress. It is helpful to be aware of what triggers your symptoms so you can do things to prevent a recurrence. Dr. Bramanti will see you on a regular basis so your TMD can be continually evaluated.
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Contact Dr. Bramanti today to schedule a consultation at 559-438-7800.
Dr. Bramanti will determine the nature and extent of your condition and recommend a course of therapy to provide you with rapid pain relief.