Dr. Ray Becker is a highly trained and experienced restorative dentist that offers diagnosis and treatment for complex adult dental problems, including temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Commonly called TMJ, a tempromandibular disorder is often the result of an imbalance in the bite which can lead to not only painful symptoms, but damage to the jaw joint(s), teeth and/or gums.
Dr. Becker is one of the most experienced dentists in the Columbia, MD area for the diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). He has written text books, numerous articles and research on the subject and teaches other dentists worldwide about TMD disorders and occlusal disease. He is the internationally renowned Interpretation and Certifying Instructor for Total BioPAK system, the leading technology in TMD diagnosis.
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint that acts like a sliding hinge because it connects your jawbone to your skull. This joint is present on both sides of your jaw and is responsible for the opening and closing of your mouth. TMJ disorder, or TMD, refers to a wide variety of potential issues affecting the jaw joint, muscles in the face, neck, and surrounding nerves. TMJ disorder can cause some people a lot of pain in their jaw joints and the surrounding muscles.
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
- Chronic earaches
After a thorough evaluation of your teeth, mouth and jaw, Dr. Becker will recommend conservative treatment options to restore dental health and relieve you of your painful TMJ symptoms. Treatments he may recommend include:
TMJ Mouth Guard
Dr. Becker offers custom TMJ mouth guards to restore a healthy bite and relieve your pain. A TMJ mouth guard is a removable oral appliance that helps to keep the teeth and jaw in proper position. The oral appliance also prevent damage caused by teeth grinding or clenching which can lead to tooth wear and contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. A mouthguard should be worn at night while you are sleeping when most the grinding and clenching occurs and will hold your jaw in the proper position while you sleep.
Bite Correction Procedures
Occlusal equilibration, better known as bite correction or TMJ correction, is the process of moving your teeth into correct alignment so that the upper and lower teeth will make even contact with one another. When your bite is off, this can create painful TMJ symtpoms including a sore jaw and headaches. When your teeth make even contact, this creates a normal, low stress bite. Most of the time the TMD and TMJ pain are caused by an improper occlusion. Dr. Becker, a Columbia, MD dentist, will use bite correction to alleviate your painful symptoms.
Schedule a Consultation
Are you looking for a dentist that offers TMJ treatment in the Columbia, MD and Ellicott City, MD area? Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Becker if you think you may be suffering from TMJ disorder.