35 million Americans suffer with Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD)*. Are you one of them?
Discover Your Solution to Chronic TMJ Pain
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) has a huge responsibility: It functions as the most widely used joint in the entire body, controlling your ability to eat, talk, laugh and yawn. When one or both of these bilateral joints or the surrounding muscle tissues become inflamed, overworked or damaged, even swallowing can be painful. Do not let TMJ pain cause you to miss out on quality living – discover your solution to this chronic condition with effective TMD treatment from Dr. Richard Featherstone.
What Factors Contribute to TMD?
- Stress or Anxiety
- Clenching or Grinding the Teeth
- Malpositioned Teeth
- Uneven or Misaligned Bite
- Sleep Apnea
- Injury or Trauma
Proper Diagnosis for the Right Type of Care
During your initial exam, Dr. Featherstone will assess your personal risk for jaw motion disease, or TMD. The presence of this often painful condition restricts movement of your jaw, and may create other health complications as a result. Symptoms of TMD include:
- Jaw, Facial, Neck or Shoulder Pain
- Ear Pain or Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ear)
- Popping, Clicking or Grinding Noises
- Jaw Locking in an Open Position
- Limited Movement or Opening of the Mouth
- Difficulty Chewing
- Chronic Headaches or Migraines
Bruxism Is a Common Contributor
The habit of clenching or grinding your teeth, known as bruxism, is commonly associated with TMD. Engaging in teeth grinding can cause an unevenness in your bite, leading to jaw joint problems and painful symptoms. Yet, having a misaligned bite can also contribute to TMD and cause you to grind your teeth, thus perpetuating the cycle of jaw motion disease. Dr. Featherstone can easily correct an uneven bite with a simple occlusal adjustment procedure, allowing your upper and lower teeth to bite together more comfortably.
Dr. Featherstone has spent the past 40 years improving the lives and oral health of patients, and remains current with the most successful dental techniques today through professional affiliations with organizations like the Academy of General Dentistry and by completing over 50 hours of continuing education each year. To get the TMD relief and jaw joint health your smile deserves, schedule your personalized consultation with Dr. Featherstone today.