DR. JAY RITTER, DDS North Massapequa Dentist specializing in General and Cosmetic Dental Care. Dr. Jay Ritter North Massapequa Dentist specializing extractions and root canals.
4160 Merrick Road, Massapequa
NEW YORK, New York, NY 11758 New York
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DR. JAY RITTER, DDS
He was fantastic!! I had a comprehensive checkup with X-rays and a cleaning done. The cleaning was a bit painful (I'm pretty sensitive), but when I said something, he put numbing gel on my gums and it went smoothly after that. The doc did not try to get me to get any more work done. He actually suggested it were best not to do added stuff, such as refill a crown that did not need refilling, due to the possibility of it potentially cracking. Dr Ritter is fantastic! I'll definitely be back in six months for my next checkup and cleaning. Dr. Ritter is really chill. Made sure everything was comfortable and checked multiple times on my comfort level and at the end if I had any questions. Cool young guy Great doctor, mase me feel very comfortable, the ony thing I didnt like was the rooms were nit private, you can see the other patients in the next room, where they can hear your conversations and see the doctor working ob you... Other then that he's great... We definitely will be returning! Staff is friendly and polite and Dr. Ritter was great. Great dentist, very friendly staff Very friendly and professional staff. Making an appointment was very easy and I was seen immediately. He was fantastic!! I had a comprehensive checkup with X-rays and a cleaning done. The cleaning was a bit painful (I'm pretty sensitive), but when I said something, he put numbing gel on my gums and it went smoothly after that. The doc did not try to get me to get any more work done. He actually suggested it were best not to do added stuff, such as refill a crown that did not need refilling, due to the possibility of it potentially cracking. Dr Ritter is fantastic! I'll definitely be back in six months for my next checkup and cleaning. We definitely will be returning! Staff is friendly and polite and Dr. Ritter was great. Staff is professional and friendly. I travel over half an hour to see Dr Ritter because of a recommendation and he's worth the trip!!! The Doctor and Dental hygeniest were very friendly and capable. The whole staff was very professional. The Doctor and Dental hygeniest were very friendly and capable. The whole staff was very professional. Very friendly and professional staff. Making an appointment was very easy and I was seen immediately. He was fantastic!! I had a comprehensive checkup with X-rays and a cleaning done. The cleaning was a bit painful (I'm pretty sensitive), but when I said something, he put numbing gel on my gums and it went smoothly after that. The doc did not try to get me to get any more work done. He actually suggested it were best not to do added stuff, such as refill a crown that did not need refilling, due to the possibility of it potentially cracking. Dr Ritter is fantastic! I'll definitely be back in six months for my next checkup and cleaning. We definitely will be returning! Staff is friendly and polite and Dr. Ritter was great.
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Care is the cornerstone of our practice.
Location
4160 Merrick Road, Massapequa
NY 11758
Appointments
516-795-7500
Website
ritterfamilydental.com
Opening Hours
Mon, Wed, Thurs: 9:30am-7:00pm
Tuesday: 08:30am-2:00pm
Fri & Sunday: 9:00am-2:00pm
Saturday: CLOSED

TMJ

TMJ is the acronym for temporomandibular joint, which connects your lower jaw (the mandible) to your skull at the temporal bone. This joint controls many jaw functions, like chewing. If the chewing muscles or the joint itself are causing you pain you may have temporamandibular disorder, or TMD. TMD can be caused by stress, continual clenching of the jaw muscles, or teeth grinding.

Some of the symptoms of TMD are:

  • Pain when opening or closing mouth
  • Trouble chewing
  • Jaw becoming stuck open or shut
  • Headaches or ear pain
  • Clicking or popping sounds when opening your mouth
  • Teeth Grinding

Many of these symptoms can often be associated with other health problems, so only a medical professional can tell you if it is due to TMD. Teeth grinding is an especially problematic symptom because it can lead to further problems. Prolonged teeth grinding, or bruxism, can cause enamel to wear off teeth and expose dentin. This material is softer than enamel and more susceptible to decay. Sensitivity to hot and cold food or drink may also develop from excessive teeth grinding.

If you suspect you may have TMD come in for a consultation. We can help diagnose you and provide relief for your symptoms. Pain relievers and hot/cold compresses are short term methods to provide relief for pain symptoms. A night guard can be used to help prevent or lessen the effects of teeth grinding at night. This can lead to a more permanent solution. In very severe cases of TMD surgery may be required, but behavioral treatments to change the way you use your jaw muscles are usually enough to provide relief.