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Dr. Manuel Sousa

Orthodontics
Salem, NH
47 years experience male

Locations

Office

Salem, NH

Address

32 Stiles Rd. Ste.211, Salem, NH
Directions

Fax

603 8984966

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Specialties
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Orthodontics

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

53 Answers
1 Agree
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
?pinched nerve: Sounds like a possible pinched nerve or a postural issue. I would consider consulting with a chiropractor.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Possibly: A nightguard can help if jaw joint issues are related to the bite.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Deepbite: I find a deepbite with a retrognathic (small) lower jaw to be the most difficult.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Unlikely: It is unlikely that a permanent retainer would be the cause of a tmj/tinnitis issue.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Possibly: Some of the more common symptoms are clicking or popping in the jaw joint, limited opening, pain on opening in the joint area, pain in the muscles ass... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Possible: Warm compresses to joint area, softer diet, no gum chewing and jaw joint exercise can help relieve mild issues but not cure.
A member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
See your dentist: Your symptoms sound TMJ oriented but you need an evaluation by someone well versed in TMJ tharapy. If your dentist does not feel qualified he/she wil... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
See your dentist: Don't be scared. Often times if caught early the treatment can be very mild. The important thing is to have the appropriate exam. Do some research ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Hypermobility: Could be a hypermobility of the jaw muscles and ligaments.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Multiple symptoms: Some of the more common tmd symptoms are clicking or popping in the jaw joint, limited opening, pain on opening in the joint area, pain in the muscles... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Possibly: Some of the more common symptoms are clicking or popping in the jaw joint, limited opening, pain on opening in the joint area, pain in the muscles ass... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Yes: The orthodontist is trained to treat complicated cases in a highly specialized learning environment. If i were choosing between elite providers i wou... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Nothing: A retainer is used to maintain tooth position after braces and has no effect on the tm joints.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Schedule an exam: You need to schedule an exam with a dentist who is well versed in TMJ treatment. A good starting point would be to ask your dentist who they would rec... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Multiple symptoms: Some of the more common tmd symptoms are clicking or popping in the jaw joint, limited opening, pain on opening in the joint area, pain in the muscles... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
TMJ: Sounds like you may have some displacement of the soft tissue internal jaw joint structures. You should consult with your dentist.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
See a dentist: You should have it evaluated by a dentist and he/she can prescribe medication to relieve the pain if deemed appropriate.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Could be: It could be but your first exam should be with an ENT doctor to rule out ear issues.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
TMD is syndrome: Tmd describes the syndrome of joint dysfunction whereas TMJ refers to the temporo-mandibular joint.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Probably not.: Normal protocol is to make a mold to diagnose the orthodontic problems and have a record of the starting point. However if there are adequate photos ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Several treatments: There are several treatments including equilibration, splint therapy, surgery. Self help can include softer diet, warm compresses, no gum, limited op... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Multiple symptoms: Some of the more common tmd symptoms are clicking or popping in the jaw joint, limited opening, pain on opening in the joint area, pain in the muscles... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Displaced disk: The internal anatomy of the TMJ has a soft tissue disk that prevents bone on bone function. If this is displaced it can get in the way and prevent no... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Tmj: Sounds like you may have some displacement of the soft tissue internal jaw joint structures. You should consult with your dentist.
A male asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Schedule an exam: You should schedule an exam with an orthodontist to discuss your options. Your general dentist is right. Braces or invisalign can often be used to u... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
The orthodontist: The orthodontist is highly trained and skilled to straighten teeth so that they not only look good but also function well.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Great question!: Do some research on the prospective dentist's credentials. How long in practice? Success rate ( speak to other patients). Is his/hers training a wee... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Schedule an exam: You should schedule an exam and discuss your options with a trained orthodontist. If you have bite issues or aesthetic concerns he/she will give you ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Evaluate her bite: My experience treating TMJ has been that this procedure works for awhile then needs repeating to flush the joint. You don't mention any possible bite... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Overloading the join: If you have TMJ symptoms the likelihood is that there is joint inflammation present. Chewing hard or tough food or opening to wide will aggravate the... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Likely yes: By chewing only on one side you overcompensate and this can create adverse symptoms.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
See your dentist: If you are experiencing a limited opening this could be indication of internal joint issues that can get worse with time. I personally have treated p... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
No. See a dentist.: Your first contact should be with a dentist trained in treating TMJ issues, especially if you are aware of biting too hard. You may be grinding your ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Consult with special: Some symptoms that would point to possible joint issues are limited opening, pain in or about the ear, joint noise, locking open or closed, pain on ch... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Great question!: A dentist versed in occlusion or bite issues is best. Check credentials! how long in practice? Success rate ( speak to other patients). Is his/hers ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Call orthodontist: Call your orthodontist and he can have new aligner made if needed or possibly have you change into the next aligner.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Consult with dentist: First consult with your dentist to determine if surgery is indicated. He will recommend the surgeon.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Sinus or allergy ?: First question i would ask is do you have history of allergies? Or is their a possible sinus issue? Do you have sensitivity to light? And, what ki... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
? TMJ: Sounds like you might have a jaw joint issue. Best to schedule with your dentist for an exam.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Could be, but...: Certainly could be but with no pain it could lso be structural from opening to wide. Try to limit opening that wide. Also discuss this with your den... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Another opinion?: Betted, unfortunately it is not unusual to see conflicting opinions in this area. Tight muscles are a symptom not a cause. Clenching is a causitive fa... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Questionable: Tmj refers to the physical joint space of the lower jaw. The appropriate term is tmd or temporo mandibular dysfunction. There are many symptoms that... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Sevral treatments: There are several treatments including equilibration, splint therapy, surgery.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Anything is possible: Anything is possible but i don't typically find patients complaining of numbness. Discuss the possibility of bell's palsey with your dentist.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Soft tissue: Soft tissue displacement in the joint often results in clicking.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Bell's Palsey?: Definitely have a consult with your dentist to rule out bell's palsey.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
In most cases, no: In most cases a molding can be made with the appliance in place.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Muscle strain: Sounds like your temporalis muscle might have been affected. This muscle is used in closing the jaw.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Distraction exercise: There is an exercise regimen that i've used on patients with some degree of success. It is referred to as a distraction exercise. Not enough space he... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 47 years experience
Very likely: In 35 years of practice i find the simplist answer is usually the correct choice. Have a dentist versed in TMJ treatment evaluate your issues.

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Mar 19, 2015
Great Orhodontist!!
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Sousa is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Sousa is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Have been diagnosed just waiting to see oral surgeon
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Loyola School of Dentistry
Graduated 1975MD

Residency

Loyola School of Dentistry - Chicago

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