Dallas TMJ Specialist

Please Note:¬†Treatment of TMJ is not a recognized specialty of the American Dental Association (ADA). Therefore, no one can truly claim to be a “TMJ specialist.” However, some dentists do have specialized training in dealing with TMJ syndrome and other bite disorders. It is important to check the credentials and experience of each individual provider.

Are you in Dallas and need a TMJ specialist?

You will be in excellent hands under the care of Dr. Hal Stewart. Many TMJ patients in Dallas and around the country seek out Dr. Stewart for his comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating TMJ and other neuromuscular bite-related problems.

He trained at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, completing several courses related to TMJ function, as well as at The Pankey Institute, an internationally recognized center for research and training in reconstructive dentistry.

diagram of tmj joint

What is TMJ?

The term TMJ is commonly used to refer to temporomandibular joint syndrome, also known as TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) or myofascial pain syndrome. These are all umbrella terms for chronic or acute pain associated with biting, chewing or other problems related to the operation of the jaw. The temporomandibular joints (there are two – one on either side of the skull) connect the mandible (jawbone) to the skull. TMJ pain can be caused by a number of different processes: injury, bruxism (grinding of the teeth), misalignment of the teeth, or problems with the formation of the jaw and muscles themselves. Dysfunction of the muscle and connective tissue attached to the joints and the joints themselves are all considered to be different manifestations of TMJ syndrome.

Symptoms of TMJ can vary dramatically from person to person and are often misdiagnosed by general medical practitioners. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should be evaluated for TMJ syndrome.

  • Difficulty biting or chewing
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening the mouth
  • Pain in the face
  • Earache (especially upon waking)
  • Headache (especially in the morning)
  • Hearing loss
  • Migraine (also especially in the morning)
  • Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Diminished ability to open or close the mouth
  • Tinnitus¬†(ringing in the ears)
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Dizziness