Dr. Stanley Markman, is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, teaching in the TMJ/ orofacial pain clinic, as well as a lecturer to the dental students on the mechanics of occlusion. He has an appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Oral facial Pain Clinic.
As a teacher, I instruct post-doctoral students who are either in the fellowship or master’s program, to diagnose patients who have unusual or difficult-to-diagnose oral facial pain issues, including difficult-to-resolve TMJ problems. The patients we care for are referred to the clinic because the treating/referring dentists do not know how to diagnose or treat those conditions. I also see these kinds of patients in my private practice, along with those who have sleep apnea and are unable to use a CPAP.
Our philosophy of dental practice springs from the famed Pankey Institute (www. Pankey.org) located in Key Biscayne, Florida. The Pankey philosophy pursues excellence in dentistry and comprehensive patient care, all of which starts with the correct relationship of the teeth and jaws to each other. If that relationship is incorrect, you might experience tooth wear, jaw muscle pain, jaw pain, TMJ pain and other pain-related maladies. To properly help you, we therefore, start with an analysis of that relationship.
Before we can help, we must diagnose. Our evaluation begins with the careful history of which doctors you have seen, and what was done for you in effort to relieve your pain. Once we have a history of your current problem, we’ll spend a lot of time asking you many questions, the answers to which will guide us toward the diagnosis. That is followed with a physical exam which includes a neurological survey of your cranial nerves as well as a muscle exam. An oral screening will also be included. X-rays and other imaging will be ordered as or if needed.