Know the signs and symptoms of TMJ

Frequent headaches, jaw pain, ear pain and a popping jaw that can make chewing difficult are all possible symptoms of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), usually referred to as TMJ.87345175 (1)

Patients who suffer from any or all of the above symptoms may not realize that they have a bite disorder until they visit with Ellicott City dentist Dr. Ray Becker.

Dr. Becker takes a comprehensive approach to all patients, seeking to understand the underlying cause of any dental health problems before recommending a treatment plan to address symptoms. A restorative and cosmetic dentist serving the Howard County area, Dr. Becker offers patients high quality dental care in a relaxing, compassionate environment, emphasizing the importance of oral health for a good quality of life.

Dr. Becker is a pioneer in the implementation of dental technology to analyze the bite and offers several TMJ therapy treatment options. He uses the Tekscan device to determine the force and balance of a patient’s bite. In many cases, conservative treatments like mouth guards and splint therapy can address symptoms and help to restore balance in the bite by preventing teeth grinding and jaw clenching- often the underlying cause of recurring headaches and jaw pain in many patients.

For patients who have sustained damage to the teeth due to the effects of TMJ, Dr. Becker may recommend a restorative treatment to realign the bite by adjusting the surface of the teeth or repairing damaged teeth. This could be accomplished with tooth bonding, dental crowns, veneers or other restorative procedures.

The goal of TMJ therapy is to restore balance to a patient’s bite, thus alleviating pressure on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and relieving the associated symptoms. This is important for maintaining optimal dental health and avoiding further dental health issues which can arise when TMJ is left untreated.

If you have been suffering with any of the above mentioned symptoms, contact Dr. Becker in Ellicott City and begin to restore your oral health!