Dr. James Furgurson is a general dentist in Chapel Hill, NC with advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders. When left untreated, TMJ Disorders can contribute to facial pain, teeth grinding, headaches, earaches, worn or broken teeth and other uncomfortable symptoms.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
In almost all cases, a TMJ related disorder will cause tooth wear and may contribute to tooth decay and/or (gum) disease. Many patients with TMJ disorders grind or clench their teeth due to an imbalance in the bite.
Common TMJ Symptoms include:
- Teeth grinding or clenching, often characterized by tooth wear
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Limited mobility in the jaw
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
Treatment for TMJ Disorder
Every patient who visits our Chapel Hill dentist office will receive a thorough evaluation of their dental health. This includes an evaluation of the teeth, gums and the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Dr. Furgurson and Dr. White will look for any signs of malocclusion or dysfunction in your bite such as worn or damaged teeth. They wil also discuss any discomfort or symptoms you may be experiencing that can indicate a TMJ related disorder.
Using 2-D and 3-D study models of your mouth, Dr. Furgurson can pinpoint the source of dysfunction and create a personalized treatment plan to bring your smile back into harmony.
TMJ Treatment can include:
- Occlusal equilibration, making changes to the fit of the bite by reshaping and/or removing tooth structure
- Splint therapy
- TMJ mouthguard
TMJ therapy is often accompanied by restorative dentistry to repair worn teeth or damaged teeth.