Dr. Alfredo Gapuz discusses how temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) develops, its related symptoms, and treatments that can be performed to alleviate them.
Orlando, FL – According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, approximately 5 to 12% of the population has temporomandibular joint disorder. Dr. Alfredo Gapuz, a dentist in Orlando, says TMJ Disorder – also known as TMD – can cause a number of debilitating symptoms and negatively impact the movement and function of the mouth, head, and neck. However, Dr. Gapuz says there are a number of treatments available that can alleviate the effects of TMJ Disorder and help patients reduce the condition’s impact on their daily lives.
A blog post by Dr. Gapuz on his practice’s website, titled “TMJ Causes and Symptoms,” reveals many possible reasons the disorder may develop. In addition to a dislocated temporomandibular joint and imbalanced forces in the jaw, head, and neck, Dr. Gapuz reveals the following events can lead to TMJ disorder:
Dr. Gapuz says symptoms associated with TMJ disorder include facial pain, chronic migraines, dizziness, ringing in the ears, jaw popping or clicking, difficulty opening or closing the mouth, and ear aches. Some patients may even experience painful symptoms in their neck, back, or shoulders, as well as numbness in the arms and fingers, Dr. Gapuz notes. The condition can be very debilitating; however, Dr. Gapuz says, advanced diagnostic tools can be used to create a customized orthotic appliance designed to reduce symptoms of TMJ Disorder.
Dr. Gapuz stresses that patients who suspect they may have TMJ disorder should visit an experienced dental professional to evaluate and diagnose their condition. He says a customized neuromuscular treatment plan can relieve a patient’s TMJ symptoms and improve the health and condition of their muscles and joints.
About Alfredo M. Gapuz, DMD
Dr. Gapuz earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from De Ocampo Memorial College, and furthered his education at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. His practice, Aesthetics and General Dentistry, has provided cosmetic dentistry services to the Orlando, Florida area for three decades. Dr. Gapuz is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and many other professional organizations. He is available for interview upon request.
Dr. Alfredo M. Gapuz
14009 Egret Tower Drive
Orlando, FL 32837
Do you have chronic migraines or facial pain? Does your jaw lock up or click when you open your mouth? If so, you may have Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). The temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw and skull, enables your jaw to move up, down, and from side to side when you chew or speak. When the joint doesn’t function properly, or when there is a misaligned bite, it can lead to pain and issues with your mouth, head, and neck. Other symptoms may include: back or shoulder pain, ringing ears, dizziness, ear aches, and even numbness in the arms and fingers. TMJ may develop due to:
TMJ disorder is often a treatable condition. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Alfredo Gapuz, can develop a neuromuscular treatment plan to help alleviate your TMJ disorder symptoms. He will examine the natural state, movement, and function of your bite and jaw with advanced diagnostic tools. The data gathered by our state-of-the-art technologies allows Dr. Gapuz to customize an orthotic appliance designed to improve the condition and reduce your symptoms.
To learn more, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gapuz, please contact Aesthetic and General Dentistry today.
Friendly Reminder to Use Your Dental Benefits Before the Year Ends
As the holidays approach, everyone at Aesthetic and General Dentistry would like to remind you to use your dental benefits before the end of the year. We understand it can be a busy time of year but don’t let your dental insurance benefits expire. In many cases it is important to use your benefits prior to the years end because most insurance providers will not rollover any unused benefits. If you need a dental check up, x-rays, cleaning, or additional dental treatments please call us today so we can answer any of your insurance questions and schedule a convenient appointment before the new year.
For those without dental insurance or those thinking about making over their smile with teeth whitening, dental implants, porcelain veneers, we offer interest-free financing options and accept most insurance plans.
From now until Black Friday (11/26/14) you can receive $500 off your Invisalign® and enter to win a surprise gift.
Dr. Alfredo Gapuz, founder of Aesthetic and General Dentistry, shares how Invisalign® clear teeth aligners restored a patient’s smile.
Orlando, FL – Dr. Alfredo Gapuz, an Orlando cosmetic dentist, often uses Invisalign® teeth aligners to effectively straighten his patient’s teeth. Recently, Dr. Gapuz says he had the pleasure of helping a patient named Amy improve her dental condition with the clear, removable teeth aligners. Amy’s Invisalign® treatment is one example of a procedure that has steadily become more and more popular for patients who want to correct misalignment and crowding of the teeth without the use of metal braces and wires.
Dr. Gapuz shared Amy’s successful Invisalign® experience in a recent blog post on Aesthetic and General Dentistry’s website titled “Amy’s Invisalign® Experience at Aesthetic and General Dentistry.” In the blog, he notes that Amy came to his practice in June of 2013 seeking treatment for overcrowding, gaps, and spaces in her teeth. Dr. Gapuz says her strong preference for the Invisalign® system was mentioned during the initial consultation, and Amy notes she preferred the Invisalign® orthodontic treatment due to its comfort and convenience, especially since the aligners can be removed to brush and floss her teeth. After examining Amy’s smile, Dr. Gapuz agreed Invisalign® was an appropriate solution.
Amy says she was impressed with the practice’s modern technology, and mentions how it would take an entire month to get results at her previous dental office. In comparison, Amy notes she was able to receive her aligners in just one week due to Dr. Gapuz’s advanced and highly accurate digital impression technology.
Amy has almost completed her Invisalign® treatment and marvels at the significant improvements that have been made. When asked what she would say to other people considering Invisalign® teeth aligners, Amy shares, “Overall, I think they would be 100 percent satisfied with the results. Anyone who is hesitant about getting Invisalign® should just go for it. The results are amazing!”
About Alfredo M. Gapuz, DMD
Dr. Alfredo Gapuz has over three decades of experience providing restorative and cosmetic dental care to patients in the Orlando area. He received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from De Ocampo Memorial College, and is a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Dr. Gapuz frequently continues his education by attending dental seminars and courses to learn about the latest techniques. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and many other organizations. Dr. Gapuz is available for interview upon request.
Dr. Alfredo M. Gapuz
14009 Egret Tower Drive
Orlando, FL 32837
We know how frustrating it can be when you don’t like the appearance of your smile. That’s why the team at Aesthetic and General Dentistry does our best to make your journey to a beautiful smile as enjoyable as possible. Recently we had the pleasure of talking with our patient Amy about her experience with Invisalign®.
Amy came to our Orlando cosmetic dentistry office for help last June because her teeth were crowded in some areas and had gaps and spaces in others. She says she was immediately interested in using Invisalign®’s removable teeth aligners to correct the problems, and when Amy sat down with our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Alfredo Gapuz, for a consultation, he agreed she would be a great candidate for the Invisalign® system.
After getting fitted for the aligners, Amy praised the speed and accuracy of our state-of-the-art digital impression technology – we received the initial sets of aligners from Invisalign® within a week. In contrast, she said it used to take a full month before her previous dental office would get results due to older technology. Amy is excited about ending her treatment soon, especially since she’s already pleased with the dramatic, notable progress of her smile.
Please contact Aesthetic and General Dentistry to learn more about Amy’s experience or the Invisalign® system.
Why Not Head to College With a Straight Smile!
Sometimes, it feels like image is everything. You only get one chance to make a great first impression when you go to college, and your smile is often the first thing your classmates will notice about you. At Aesthetic and General Dentistry, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Alfredo Gapuz, can help you discreetly straighten your teeth and arrive at college with a brand new smile using Invisalign® or Invisalign Teen®. These popular orthodontic treatments can gradually improve your teeth alignment with a series of clear, removable aligners. Invisalign® is almost undetectable while in use, so you can straighten your smile without any of your classmates knowing!
You can also remove your aligners whenever you need to eat, drink, and take care of your oral hygiene. Another major benefit of using Invisalign® teeth aligners is they normally require less maintenance and repair compared to metal braces, so you likely won’t need to come back for adjustments as often as you would with braces. It usually takes only about 9 to 15 months to achieve optimal results, and since the aligners are virtually invisible, you can discreetly undergo treatment while you are at school.
Please contact our practice if you would like more information on Invisalign®, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gapuz.
How Much Does Invisalign® Cost?
Are you thinking about getting Invisalign® clear teeth aligners to enhance the look of your smile? Our experienced cosmetic dentist in Orlando, Dr. Alfredo Gapuz, offers this advanced orthodontic treatment to patients who want straighter teeth without the need for metal braces. Besides its aesthetic appeal, you can also remove the Invisalign® aligners to eat, drink, and brush your teeth. Since we receive multiple inquiries about how much a set of Invisalign® teeth aligners costs, we wanted to discuss it in today’s blog.
First, Dr. Alfredo Gapuz will examine your teeth and determine if Invisalign® is a suitable treatment option for your smile. Then, he will recommend the number of teeth aligners you will need in your set and the overall treatment length that can yield the best results. Both of these factors contribute in determining your final cost. Luckily, our office accepts a variety of convenient payment options for Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® treatments, including:
Many dental insurance plans – orthodontic treatment may be covered under your policy
CareCreditSM Healthcare Finance
We can also discuss your budget during your initial consultation if you have further questions. Feel free to contact us today for more information, and be sure and ask how you can receive a $500 discount off your Invisalign® treatment!
Dr. Alfredo J. Gapuz, Jr. graduates from LVI’s Core Curriculum program, mastering studies in full mouth reconstruction and neuromuscular rehabilitation.
Orlando, FL – Full mouth reconstruction is a dental procedure that addresses a number of serious issues with a person’s teeth to improve function, health, and appearance. Many dentists obtain extensive continuing education in order to provide patients with the most successful experience possible with the treatment. Dr. Alfredo J. Gapuz, Jr., a cosmetic dentist in Orlando, recently highlighted his graduation from the final course in the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies’ Core Curriculum in a blog post titled “Dr. Gapuz Masters Full Mouth Reconstruction.” Dr. Gapuz says his experiences with the course again proves how continued education can serve a dentist’s progression and enhance skills with advanced procedures. “Throughout my career as a cosmetic dentist,” says Dr. Gapuz, “I have pursued continuing education opportunities to better my skills and provide my patients with the latest techniques and technology the field has to offer.”
This final course in a seven-part series focused on the neuromuscular rehabilitation aspect of full mouth reconstruction and covered topics including diagnosing complications with occlusion and vertical dimensions. In addition, Dr. Gapuz says that the course spent a good deal of time discussing how to achieve the highest levels of patient comfort without compromising the results of the procedure.
Titled “Full Mouth Reconstruction – Essential Tools for Finalization of Neuromuscular Rehabilitation,” this class serves as the culminating component of LVI’s course work in restorative dentistry. According to Dr. Gapuz, the course aims to ensure “dentists are able to implement their new working knowledge of Neuromuscular and Aesthetic concepts into their day-to-day procedures.” Dr. Gapuz hopes that the patients of his Orlando cosmetic dentistry practice view his graduation as evidence of his commitment to both his own continued education as well as to providing the highest quality of care.
Dr. Gapuz, who has a long history of furthering his education beyond dental school, has also completed coursework from programs at the Center for Dental Implants of South Florida in Miami as well as the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gapuz says he is always seeking new ways to improve not only the functionality of his patients’ teeth and gums, but also the look of their smiles.
About Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr., DMD
Dr. Gapuz has practiced dentistry for over 32 years. He earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at De Ocampo Memorial College (formerly known as Philippine Dental College). Dr. Gapuz has continued his studies in restorative dentistry, completing coursework in implantology, comprehensive dental implant procedures, and full mouth reconstruction at a variety of schools across the United States. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and other dental organizations. Dr. Gapuz is available for interview upon request.
Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr., DMD
14009 Egret Tower Drive
Orlando, FL 32837
Throughout my career as a cosmetic dentist, I have pursued continuing education opportunities to better my skills and provide my patients with the latest techniques and technology the field has to offer. Most recently, I graduated from the final course in a series of Core Curriculum classes at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI Global). This final course, titled “Full Mouth Reconstruction – Essential Tools for Finalization of Neuromuscular Rehabilitation,” focused on:
LVI views this course as the culmination of their training in restorative dentistry and upon graduation, dentists are able to implement their new working knowledge of Neuromuscular and Aesthetic concepts into their day-to-day procedures. For the patients of my Orlando dentistry practice, this advanced understanding of full mouth restorations means a more efficient treatment plan, often requiring less office visits, and optimizing the functional and cosmetic results of the procedure. I am pleased to be able to provide my patients with state-of-the-art treatments that will fulfill both their practical and aesthetic needs.
To learn more about Dr. Alfredo J. Gapuz, Jr. and his cosmetic dentistry practice, please contact our office today.