Many patients suffer from jaw pain and frequent headaches, but can’t seem to find relief. What they don’t know is that symptoms like jaw pain, headaches, and tooth damage are all symptoms of TMD. TMD is one of the most commonly undiagnosed dental problems in dentistry. TMD can only be diagnosed by a highly trained, experienced dentist.
Dr. Ray Becker of Howard County Smiles has undergone extensive training and has published articles on TMD and other complex bite disorders.
He is the internationally renowned Interpretation and Certifying Instructor for the Total BioPAK system, the leading technology in TMD diagnosis. The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the upper and lower jaw. The Temporomandibular Joint allows patients to properly open and close their mouth. TMD (TMJ) disorder is a specific term used to categorize potential issues affecting the jaw joint, muscles in the face, neck, and surrounding nerves.
TMD may be the result of:
- Trauma to the head, neck, or face
- Joint diseases, such as arthritis
- Hormonal changes or imbalances
- Malocclusion (bite problems)
Although there is no one cause for TMD disorder, it is important to identify the cause to create an appropriate treatment plan. The goal of treatment is to alleviate your symptoms, address damage and prevent further discomfort.
Dr. Becker recently visited WMAR2News Midday Maryland to discuss treatment for TMD.
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If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with TMD like
- Shoulder, neck, facial pain
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
- Locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint
- Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, often accompanied by tooth wear
- Chronic earaches
It is important you visit an experienced dentist for the care you need. Ellicott City dentist Dr. Ray Becker can work with you to determine if your symptoms are caused by TMD. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call 410.415.9013 or request an appointment online.