Over 90 Years

of combined experience




Our approach to TMJ treatment has been developed over the past 40 years.  With a combined 90 years of experience, our team has treated many thousands of patients and have performed over a thousand corrective jaw and TMJ surgeries. In addition, our doctors comprise a major part of the The New Jersey Institute for Craniofacial Surgery team at Barnabas Health / Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center. As a result of our experience, we understand the complexities of the temporomandibular joint as well as the pain and frustration associated with ineffective treatments. We are dedicated to providing long term relief for our patients so that they can return to their busy lives.


Our multi-dicipline team of physicians, surgeons, and dentists provides a unique approach to the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ. The experience we have gained through the treatment of children and adults with craniofacial syndromes, cleft lip & palate, trauma, and facial growth deformities has provided us with a unique understanding of the complex temporomandibular joint and its relationship with the jaws, teeth, muscles, and ligaments of the face.  We have culminated this knowledge into our TMJ PROGRAM and it's protocols.  Our comprehensive knowledge of the TMJ as well as TMJ related medical and dental issues allows us to provide more predictable results for our patients.   We believe that conservative and minimally invasive treatment is always the best approach if possible and will always begin with such modalities.


These books were created to give doctors and patients the knowledge to make confident decisions throughout their treatment journies. They are designed as a reference guides and do not need to be read cover to cover. Read the chapters that apply to you first, but keep them nearby; new chapters will likely become relevant along the way. Remember, you can do this! Be patient and stay focused. In the end, your life will be positively changed forever.

John P. Amato DDS, MD


Dr. Amato is an amazing surgeon

Jason S., NJ

Dr. Amato is an amazing surgeon. He outlined what would happen with my procedure and what I could expect afterwards. After my procedure, he visited me while I was recovering to see how I was doing. Even after the recovery time, I still visited Dr. Amato in follow-up appointments to make sure that nothing went wrong. When I went to my orthodonist, the staff there were so impressed with my procedure's outcome. I strongly recommend Dr. Amato for his skill and his concern for his patients.

I could not have asked for a better team to deal with my case

Elizabeth, NJ

I have been seen in the office for last 9 years for various maxillofacial surgeries and I must say, I could not have asked for a better team to deal with my case. Along with a great front desk, the insurance coordinator has been very helpful but most important, the doctors have been fabulous. I have enjoyed every step of my long recovery. Dr Amato has been very clear, assuring and precise as to every treatment plan. He’s allowed me the appropriate time to ask questions and his professional attitude allows me the sense of comfort with all procedures. His great expertise makes him on point as to what to expect afterwards.

So very grateful for an amazing team to take part of my son's journey

Sonia Rivera in Newark, NJ

Dr. Amato and staff are a pleasure to know. Professional and very friendly. My son is very pleased and content with the results after treatment and surgery. So very grateful for an amazing team to take part of my son's journey, thank you all for the kindness and professionalism!

Dr. Amato made us feel very comfortable for surgery on my 19 year old son.

Vince D. in Mountain Lakes, NJ

Dr. Amato made us feel very comfortable for surgery on my 19 year old son. Appointments were kept on time, with minimal waiting - very much appreciated these days. His staff very courteous and caring. They supplied a lot of information and spent whatever time was required with us. Best of all, the outcome was wonderful.

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