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Dwight Romriell

Dentist

Dr. Dwight Romriell is a Dentist practicing in Pocatello, Idaho. Dr. Romriell specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
Dwight Romriell
  • Pocatello, Idaho
  • University of Luvah Kentucky
  • Accepting new patients

How is TMJ diagnosed?

TMJ is the jaw joint. Download a free consumer guide on my landing page at my web site www.theTMJsleepcenter.com Unfortunately there is a great deal of misinformation available READ MORE
TMJ is the jaw joint. Download a free consumer guide on my landing page at my web site www.theTMJsleepcenter.com Unfortunately there is a great deal of misinformation available on the web causing further frustration. I have successfully treated more than 5,000 patients suffering with a TMJ disorder. The temporomandibular Joint is the jaw joints immediately in front of your ear. TMJ is its name of the jaw joint. TMJ is not the diagnosis. just as knee or shoulder is not the diagnosis for a knee or shoulder disorder. Unfortunately "TMJ" is commonly the over simplified diagnosis and the treatment is under stated with laughable treatment suggestions when critically analyzed make little sense.
Seldom is the pain or symptoms in the jaw joint itself. The condition has been called The "The Great Imposter" because the symptoms lead one away from the cause rather than pointing directly at the jaw joint condition itself. Commonly my patients have been to see their ear doctor, the eye doctor the headache doctor, and maybe even to their dentist. Few dentists will provide meaningful information and may lead one away from the jaw joint being the cause of their pain and frustratiion. The symptoms usually involve the jaw muscles in the face (masseter) and the side of the head (temporalis) causing pain or aching. The symptoms can include facial pain, ear pain ringing dizziness, ear pressure, eye pain, headaches, reduced ability to move the jaw, increased and lasting pain when holding the mouth open for a dental appointment, jaw fatigue when chewing or a long day of talking, and many other symptoms. Very few patients have all of the symptoms; although, all will have several of the symptoms. The TMJ condition is usually the result of an injury often occurring many years earlier. Very surprisingly the symptoms seldom occur soon after the injury. I have a cat scan in my office and acquire images of the jaw joints and take a detailed history followed by an extensive hands on examination. The ability of the jaw to move properly is of great value to me in making a diagnosis and determine the appropriate treatment. The normal jaw opening should be 45-50mm and the ability to slide to the side should easily be 12-15mm each direction. Wearing a night guard is rarely the appropriate solution and unfortunately is by fat the most common prescribed treatment.

Are electric toothbrushes any better for the teeth?

I have found electric toothbrushes to be superior to the old fashioned manual tooth brush. The first goal of brushing your teeth is to clean the teeth which is accomplished well READ MORE
I have found electric toothbrushes to be superior to the old fashioned manual tooth brush. The first goal of brushing your teeth is to clean the teeth which is accomplished well with the electric brush. The second goal is to not cause damage to the teeth or gum tissues. Manual brushing over the years causes shrinking of the gums and grooves in the teeth at the gum line of the teeth causing a very expensive problem commonly requiring crown to restore the severely worn teeth. Those most diligent in brushing with a manual brush over the years will cause severe damage to the teeth by abrading a grove into the tooth causing it to appear as though a beaver had chewed into the tooth.

Are OTC products recommended for teeth whitening?

Most of those OTC whitening products are safe; although, excessive use of the whitening may cause tooth sensitivity so be prudent in your use of bleaching.

Are there any home remedies to treat bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums are caused by direct either trauma of infection. The infection is managed by cleaning the teeth both at home and by your dentist. Inadequate cleaning will result READ MORE
Bleeding gums are caused by direct either trauma of infection. The infection is managed by cleaning the teeth both at home and by your dentist. Inadequate cleaning will result in inflammation and infection, the result of which is decay, gum disease, and loss of bone around the teeth.