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Dr. Mitakides is happy to send additional information at your request, and at no charge.  Please remember, this information is not meant to be a substitute for diagnosis and treatment.  Dr. Mitakides will be happy to provide more in-depth information at the time of examination.

Do you accept new patients?
Yes, we welcome new patients! Whether you wish to visit us for an EDS-related visit, TMJ, or family dentistry, you are welcome to give us a call at . Many of our patients come to us by referral from other doctors and dentists, but patients are welcome to contact us directly.

Do you treat dental emergencies?
Absolutely! Call right away, .

Do you see patients for all types of dentistry?
We focus much of our work on TMJ and EDS related dentistry, we also offer complete family dentistry, dentures, sleep disorder appliances and cosmetic dentistry.

What’s special about your TMJ care?
Dr. Mitakides is a nationally-recognized expert in the field of craniofacial pain and temporomandibular joint disorder, and has been a leader in this area for 30 years. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, and is a member of the Professional Advisory Network of the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation. Beyond that, both of his assistants are certified TMJ assistants, having completed advanced training. The office has the latest state-of-the-art technology to assist Dr. Mitakides and his team in the care of both EDS and TMJ patients.

Do you take insurance?
We accept most dental insurances, and in many cases, TMJ care is covered by medical insurance, as well. It is always good to call and ask about your specific insurance, and what it might cover. We will be happy to work with your to determine what is covered. Furthermore, we can work with you on payment plans for what insurance doesn’t cover.

What causes tooth sensitivity?
Sensitive teeth can have several causes, but are the most common cause is receding gums. When gums recede, small openings in the tooth called dentin tubules are exposed. These tubules lead directly to the nerve of the tooth and can cause pain. Your dentist and dental hygienist will guide you in the best direction, and find a treatment plan that will help with sensitive teeth. Often, a good plan for gum care is an important part of the process.

What is gum disease?
Gum disease is swelling or soreness of the gums (the soft tissue) around the teeth. It is caused by the bacteria in plaque. The plaque bacteria have toxins that inflame the gums. Sometimes, gum disease is caused when plaque isn’t adequately removed by brushing and flossing your teeth. However, as many as 30% of people develop gum disease, regardless of how carefully they brush and floss. Left untreated, these pockets of bacterial and germs can lead to bone and tooth loss, as well as impacting your overall health. We’ll help you achieve the healthiest gums possible.

Why is it important to see the dentist and dental hygienist regularly?
Simply put, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Having your teeth cleaned every six months is the very best way to keep teeth and gums healthy and strong. You can’t always see the signs of gum disease or tooth decay until it’s too late. We’ll also check you – every time – for oral cancer and other dental/oral issues. It’s something you need to do for yourself.

How old should a child be for a first visit to the dentist?
Our office usually recommends that children have their first dental appointment sometime between ages of 2 ½ to 3 years of age. Prior to their first appointment, it’s a good idea to bring them with you for your appointment, so they will be familiar with the surroundings and comfortable with our team.

How safe are dental x-rays?
There is very little risk in dental x-rays. Our state-of-the-art digital x-rays emit a fraction of the radiation of regular dental x-rays, and give us a clear view of your teeth.

Where are you located? Are you close to the airport?
The TMJ Treatment Center is located in Beavercreek, Ohio which is a suburb of Dayton. We are very close to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the intersection of I-75, I-70, and I-675. We are about 30 minutes from the Dayton airport. We can recommend hotels near the office for your convenience.

What if I have other questions?
Feel free to give us a call any time. We will be happy to answer your questions, and send you a copy of our TMJ or EDS brochures. You can reach us at or info@mitakides.com