A Non-Surgical, Pain-Free Solution for TMJ April 9, 2008, 10:17 p.m.
Headaches, jaw pain, neck aches, clicking sounds when you open your mouth… If you’ve ever talked to your doctor about any of these things, you may have been told that it’s “all in your head.” But if you’re one of the estimated 10 million Americans who experience these kinds of debilitating symptoms, you could be suffering from a very real medical condition: temporal mandibular joint disorder, or TMJ.
“TMJ is still very poorly understood,” notes Michael B. Rogers, D.D.S. of Fairlington Dental in Arlington, Virginia. “And, unfortunately, too many people simply endure the pain without knowing there’s something they can do about it.”
Dr. Rogers should know; he is a TMJ patient himself. For years, he suffered from lower back pain and tingling sensations in his fingers. Then, based upon his extensive research and continuing education in TMJ disorders, Dr. Rogers discovered a breakthrough solution: a non-surgical, pain-free device that corrects jaw alignment and eliminates TMJ pain.
“Within five days after I started wearing the device, my pain was gone,” says Dr. Rogers, who has now successfully treated hundreds of TMJ patients using the same approach. “Since TMJ disorders stem from improper jaw alignment, effective treatment requires repositioning the jaw joints. By wearing the device continuously for three months, patients can gently allow their joints to fall into the correct position, which ultimately alleviates the symptoms and pain.”
Non-obtrusive and virtually invisible, the TMJ appliance fits comfortably between the teeth and allows for normal chewing and speaking. It can be removed for cleaning and, after a short adjustment period, most patients report that they don’t even feel it.
“Our success rates using the TMJ device are close to 100 percent because we use x-rays and non-invasive autonomic nerve testing to ensure our patients have TMJ and not some other medical disorder,” Dr. Rogers explains. “We also recommend MRI testing to confirm what type of TMJ is present since most individuals have slipped disks in their jaw joints, and those only show up with MRI testing.”
As important as all of the diagnostic tests are, though, there’s one other essential step Dr. Rogers takes right from the start. “Before we do anything else, I sit down and talk with my patients,” says Dr. Rogers. “I want to give them the opportunity to really tell me what’s on their mind and the kind of symptoms they’ve been experiencing. I know firsthand how frustrating dental problems can be and it makes a huge difference when the person administering treatment actually takes the time to listen.”
Together with his team at Fairlington Dental, Dr. Rogers is committed to providing excellent care in a friendly, patient-centered environment. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, please call 703-671-1001. Visit the website at www.fairlingtondental.com.