Patient Testimonials

  • "Northport Family Dental provides a very welcoming and professional staff with state of the art technology at their fingertips. On my very first visit as a new patient I was made to feel welcome and comfortable in the clean, pleasant and organized waiting area and treatment room."

  • "This was my first visit and I was immediately impressed by the facility and the professionalism of the staff. I was further impressed by the attention to detail, explanations and information given by the Doctor about the available treatments and my options. Dental treatment is not high on my list of things I look forward to but this was a rewarding and relatively painless experience."

  • "My family and I have been going to Northport Dental for the past 20 years and we love it. Dr. Rubin is awesome and his staff of hygienists, assistants and administrators are all so nice and caring and professional. Dr. Rubin's office is total state of the art - with all the latest high-tech equipment and comfortable atmosphere. We've recommended this office to many friends who are all very happy."

  • "The staff was terrific...very friendly and welcoming. Everything went like clockwork. I can't think of an experience with a dentist that was as reassuring. Doctor Rubin was really something. He was approachable and easy to converse with. The technology and expertise was something to behold."

TMJ in Northport, NY

The term "TMJ" has become a common descriptor used to relate a constellation of symptoms emanating from the head and the neck. There are overlapping factors that often combine, manifesting in a report of pain or of limitation of movement and/or function.

The majority of orofacial pain problems are muscular in nature with an orthopedic component. I f there is no underlying medical disease, the success we see with treatment is predictable. Oral appliances can be designed to reduce excessive muscle firing activity of the orofacial muscles that we use to chew and speak.  They can be designed to address tender tissue behind the jaw joint apparatus that has been compressed by increasing the available joint space to allow for healing. 

Contributing Factors

  • Stress
  • Malocclusion
  • Clenching and Grinding Habit
  • History of Trauma - Acute or Chronic
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Underlying Medical Disease

Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain, upon function
  • Sudden change in how your teeth fit together or the sudden inability to fully close the teeth together
  • Limitation in opening the jaw fully
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint which are associated with pain
  • Locking of the jaw in either an open or closed position

Treatment

Treatment is problem-specific, highly individualized and most effective when recognized early. Please contact our office so that we can obtain a thorough history in order to determine the direction your treatment should take.

Patient Testimonial:"TMJ" Appliance Effective in Eliminating Jaw Pain

Dr. Rubin fabricated a specific oral appliance to improve this patient's quality of life. After suffering with jaw pain for 15 years, he is pain free and feels that this ... Read more