TMJ Disorder


Dr. Didier is a recognized specialist in the area of temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain. He is one of fewer than 240 practitioners worldwide to be recognized by the American Board of Orofacial Pain. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. He is presently has been affiliated with the American Headache Society, the American Pain Society, The American Academy of Craniomandibular Practice and was a charter member of the American Academy for Functional Orthodontics. There are many philosophies in the treatment of TMJ related disorders and Dr. Didier has strived to keep current on all of them. Dr. Didiers philosophy of treatment is conservative, using an intense diagnostic session to pinpoint the exact cause or causes of patient discomfort.

Dr. Didier completed a mini-residency at the University Of Califonia School Of Dentistry for three years. He was invited by world renowned authority, Chuck McNeil, to become an Associate Professor in the Department of TMJ disorders and Orofacial Pain. He was also trained as a certified acupuncturist at the University of California.

Dr. Didier has been a provider for Kaiser Permanente, multiple insurance companies and hospitals in treating pain disorders in the head and neck. He interacts with physicians, osteopaths, chiropractors, physical therapists and when indicated, uses alternative remedies to treat pain.

TMJ disorders are a group of complaints related to the jaw joint and its connection to the skull. The bones, connecting disc, muscles, nerves and ligament can be affected. These disorders are characterized by pain in front of the ear, noises in the joint (clicking and popping) the inability to open wide, changes in your bite and neck and ear problems, to name a few. Many times headaches and tightness of muscles in the face accompany these disorders.

Orofacial pain is a discipline dedicated to the diagnosis of many unique pain and headache syndromes that can occur in the face. These can involve nerve dysfunction, spinal problems and rare headaches and blood vessel diseases.

The first appointment involves a thorough history of the patients complaint and an exhaustive diagnostic assessment. Treatment can be as simple as at-home treatments combined with education or as complex as stabilizing the jaw with appliances and refining the bite relationship of the teeth.

We are trained to recognize the specialized care needed to restore function to injured joints and restore a quality of life to our patients.

How do I know If I Have a TMJ Disorder or Orofacial Pain?

  • Do you wake up with sore stiff muscles around your jaws?
  • Do you have frequent headaches or neckaches?
  • Do you have increased pain when you clench your teeth or are under stress?
  • Does your jaw click, pop, or grate when you open and close your mouth?
  • Is it difficult to open your mouth, yawn or eat?
  • Have you ever had a head, neck or shoulder injury?
  • Do you have arthritis in you other joints or an autoimmune disorder?
  • Do your teeth touch differently or do you find yourself altering your chewing habits?
  • Are your teeth sensitive, worn or cracking?
  • Are your front teeth shorter and older-looking than in the past?
  • Are you waking up tired and fatigued?

If you have answered yes to some of these questions, you are a candidiate for a TMJ examination. Call Teryl at our office at (707)525-1500. to schedule an examination appointment.