Boston TMJ Specialist
TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint. And if it is not functioning properly with the surrounding muscles it can mean painful spasms and headaches that can interfere with your eating and sleeping habits, as well as many other problems.
Is Dr. Bader a Boston TMJ Specialist?
You should know that there is no TMJ specialist designation in dentistry, so it would not be accurate to call Dr. Bader a TMJ specialist. However, Dr. Bader is very qualified and experienced in treating temporo-mandibular disorders, TMJ, and other occlusal problems. He is recognized as a Fellow of the Las Vegas Institute (LVI), which is known as one of the nation’s leading training centers for diagnosing and treatment neuromuscular disorders. To be recognized as a Fellow at LVI, Dr. Bader completed over 278 hours of continuing education and successfully completed a comprehensive exam. To learn more about his experience and specific credentials, please click on his biography page.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
There are many causes of TMJ and problems begin when you do not have a balanced occlusion or bite. Most often this is as a result to a trauma or bite discrepancy. The bottom line is that if your teeth are out of alignment and don’t meet properly, or your chewing muscles and jaw joints are not working in harmony with each other, then your jaw will not function smoothly. These problems can occur from a missing or crooked tooth or dental work that does not function properly with your other teeth.
There are many symptoms that can be present with TMJ. Following is a partial list:
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
- An inhibited range of motion
- Jaw pain
- Muscle pain around the jaw
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Pain in your neck, back, or shoulders
- A ringing in your years or ear pain
- Jaw clicking or locking
How to Treat Your TMJ
Dr. Bader has treated TMJ patients from all over the country who fly in to see him, because of his reputation. During a comprehensive examination, he will analyze the specific cause and level of severity of your TMJ. He offers many neuromuscular therapies including ultra low Frequency (ULF) TENS therapy, occlusal adjustment, neuromuscular orthodontics, neuromuscular reconstruction, and a semi-permanent orthotic.
To learn more information about TMJ disorder, Dr. Bader’s experience, and therapies please visit our TMJ dentist page.