Dr. Yamamoto is a recognized authority on TMJ therapy that is related to bite problems. A high percentage of TMJ problems are caused by a bad occlusion (bite). Dr. Yamamoto has studied with the Stuart Gnathologic Study Group for 27 years. He is now the Secretary – Treasurer of the Group.
He has lectured and given clinics nationwide on how to correct bite problems and give relief from pain to patients who could not find relief. Dr. Yamamoto has authored articles on how to cure TMJ sufferers.
Dr. Mark also has a license to give continuing education credits to dentists. If you had a “splint” that failed, Dr. Yamamoto can probably help you. Splint therapy is only temporary.
Definitive treatment is necessary in order to have long term relief of symptoms. Such treatment could involve reshaping existing teeth or crowns, or remaking crowns, bridges, or dentures to the functionally correct bite position.
Dr. Yamamoto has successfully treated dentists and their family members. Bite correction can also help patients who grind their teeth, if the grinding is related to an uneven bite.
TMJ symptoms include
With TMJ or TMD there are two types of symptoms that may occur The first is pain-related symptoms which can include:
- headaches, facial pain, dental pain;
- Pain in the jaw joints (TMJ) or when moving jaw;
- Ear pain, tinnitus, feeling of ear pressure;
- Neck, back, shoulder and upper chest pain or muscle aches
- Clicking and/or popping and/or grating of the jaw joint.
The second set of TMJ or TMD symptoms have to do with the dysfunction caused by TMJ or TMD:
- Jaw movement can be limited, deviated, slow or irregular;
- Head movement can have limited range of motion;
- Ears will experience muffling, clicking, even dizziness;
- Throat will have a difficulty swallowing, stuttering (prolonged speech);
- Jaw Joint will feel locked or dislocated, facial asymmetry.
Because of the many possible causes of jaw pain it also can be referred to as TMD, which means Temporo-Mandibular Disorders
We have created a glossary of TMJ terminology in an effort to clarify what TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) is and what it is not. Please refer to the links in the right hand column for a detailed discussion of TMJ.
If you or a family member are looking for an expert TMJ dentist in Huntington Beach, CA pleae feel free to call Dr. Mark Yamamoto at 714-847-9900 to schedule an appointment today.