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    • Everything I have had done at Premier Smile Center has been top-notch. The treatment I received was thorough, precise and extremely professional. I never felt like just another patient because they took the time to listen to my concerns. They addressed my issues and we agreed on the treatment plan together.

      The staff is very friendly, warm and extremely knowledgeable. I felt relaxed and comfortable knowing I chose the right place to get the dental work I needed. Dr. Johnson is very humane and very knowledgeable, and she does amazing work. I like the friendliness and honesty of the whole practice. I was not confident with my smile, in fact I was very self conscious and rarely smiled. Premier Smile Center has changed all that. My smile is one of the things I like the most.

      Maria
    • I was terrified to receive a root canal, but I knew it had to be done. After meeting with Dr. Johnson and Dr. Bui, I felt better about the procedure. They educated me on the process. I was comfortable and had no pain—which was my biggest worry. I love coming to the office. Everyone is super friendly and knowledgeable. The doctors and staff educate you on what they are doing and why it is needed.

      The dentist was a place I visited only when I desperately needed to, and now I’m in the office every few months. I don’t live near the office anymore, but as long as they’re there, I will be driving over to Fort Lauderdale. Thanks to Premier Smile Center, I now have healthy, pearly white and almost perfectly straight teeth.

      Adriana
    • When I first came to the practice, my teeth were in terrible condition. From the beginning to the end of my treatment, Dr. Johnson and her entire practice were outstanding, professional and extremely understanding of my needs. Dr. Johnson is honest and very hands-on, and the practice feels like a family and not a factory. Thanks to Dr. Johnson, I now have a great smile.

      Arthur
    • Coming to Premier Smile Center was a life-changing experience for me. Although I was a registered nurse, I had the worst teeth ever—a missing tooth, discolored teeth and a crooked smile. Dr. Johnson explained to me in detail how she could give me a beautiful smile. She and her staff have been truly supportive and non-judgmental about my teeth. Dr. Johnson is compassionate, understanding and a joy to talk to, and the staff are friendly, efficient and caring. They encouraged me to go on when I was feeling down, and now I can smile confidently.

      The treatment I received has greatly increased my self-esteem. I can smile and laugh unashamedly and join into a group conversation, and not just be a passive listener. I also have better health and nutrition. It is the best investment I have ever made for myself.

      Gloria
    • Premier Smile Center has always treated me like family, and my experience as a patient of Dr. Johnson’s has been nothing but satisfactory. Dr. Johnson is brilliant, and the practice is clean, friendly and professional. Before I came to the office, the condition of my teeth was depressing. As a result of my treatment, I have more confidence and less anxiety associated with a messed-up mouth.

      Clayton
    • Before coming to Premier Smile Center, I had not been to a dentist in some time. I needed some periodontal work done, fillings and wisdom tooth extractions. What initially struck me was the warm welcome I received from the front office staff, and I had virtually no wait time before I was greeted by Dr. Johnson. She was incredibly professional and explained everything she was doing as she conducted the initial exam. She made her recommendations and scheduled a return visit to repair some fillings and pull two wisdom teeth.

      What was truly amazing was that within 24 hours Dr. Johnson herself called to check on me and asked how my experience was. My wisdom tooth extractions went flawlessly, and I experienced very little bleeding and no pain during or after the procedure. Again, Dr. Johnson called me afterward to check how I was doing. I like Dr. Johnson’s warm and sincere concern for her patients, and I also like her professional staff. I am always impressed by the warm, professional nature of everyone in the office.

      Daniel
    • From the moment I arrived at Premier Smile Center over a year ago, Dr. Johnson and her entire staff have been amazing. Needless to say, anytime you have a cosmetic procedure done there will be nerves and lots of questions. Within minutes into my initial consultation, these concerns subsided. Unlike other dental practices I have been to, Dr. Johnson took her time and explained what I should expect from beginning to end with Invisalign. I continue to receive compliments on my smile every day. I love it! I have already and would recommend her again to anyone I know. A huge thank you to Dr. Johnson and the Premier Smile Center staff for making my experience fabulous!

      Erica

    Charmaine Johnson DDS Premiere Smile Center

    July 17, 2022
    4 monthsago

    People who grind their teeth know it, most of the time. It’s actually easy for a teeth-grinding problem to be misdiagnosed, especially if you visit a general practitioner for diagnosis and treatment instead of consulting your Fort Lauderdale dentist. Here are just some signs that your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is in dire straits and you need TMJ therapy in the form of customized dental care.

    Signs of a TMJ Problem

    The symptoms of TMJ problems can easily masquerade as other issues, which makes incorrect diagnosis a common occurrence. You may be given medication to take or recommended to visit a specialist, but when the problem and its side effects still doesn’t go away, that’s a major sign that your TMJ is the problem.

    You will get an accurate diagnosis if you see your dentist when you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:

    1. Jaw pain and tenderness: This is the most obvious symptom of a TMJ issue. If you wake every day with a sore and tender jaw, it’s a major sign that you grind and clench your teeth at night.
    2. Morning headaches: You may think you need to see a neurologist or get treatment for chronic migraines if you wake up with a headache every day. However, if your teeth are pressing against each other all night while you sleep, you can expect painful morning headaches day after day.
    3. Popping or clicking jaw: When you open your jaw, you may be able to hear and feel it pop, click, or crack – these are not things that your jaw should be doing and they’re a sign that the TMJ is out of whack. You can have difficulty opening or closing the mouth and tension in the jaw.
    4. Neck and shoulder pain: It’s easy to assume that poor posture, too much time sitting at a computer, or being on your feet all day can contribute to chronic neck and shoulder pain but, believe it or not, a problem with the TMJ is equally responsible for such discomfort. No visits to the chiropractor can fix what is caused by the TMJ.
    5. Damaged teeth: From enamel erosion to cracked and broken teeth, damaged dental work to gum recession, ongoing dental damage is a major sign that your TMJ isn’t working properly. When you grind and clench your teeth all night every night, you will easily wear away at your tooth enamel and gums and cause damage.
    6. Ear problems: Earaches, hearing loss, or tinnitus (ringing in the ears) could certainly be signs of ear problems, but they’re also clear signs of a need for TMJ therapy. Everything in your jaw and head is connected in one way or another and teeth grinding affects how your ears function or dysfunction. Dizziness is also a side effect.

    Get a Nightguard to Prevent TMJ Problems

    TMJ problems don’t go away on their own and, if left unaddressed, they can cause serious dental damage, oral health problems, and chronic pain. The most effective way to deliver TMJ therapy is through preventive dentistry: a customized nightguard that is worn every night while you sleep.

    Find out what’s going on with your chronic pain and see if you need TMJ therapy from Dr. Charmaine Johnson at Premier Smile Center in Fort Lauderdale. Contact us to schedule a consultation.

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