Why visit a TMJ Disorder Specialist?
Temporomandibular joint disorders are a type of Orofacial Pain. On March 31, 2020, the American Dental Association (ADA) officially recognized the treatment of Orofacial Pain as a dental specialty (announcement here). This designation is intended to help patients identify dentists who have obtained “advanced knowledge and skills" necessary to provide expert treatment.
Dr. David C. Rainwater is an expert. Through his pursuit of specialized training and continuing education, he has earned the distinctions of Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain, Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and Master of the Academy of General Dentistry.
View the Directory of the American Board of Orofacial Pain for yourself (ABOP.net) - Dr. Rainwater is one of the only board-certified Orofacial Pain Experts in Texas.
Why does this expertise matter?
Because jaw pain, TMJ disorders (TMD), neurovascular pain, and neuropathic pain are difficult to diagnose and treat! These disorders often have multiple causes, which may include jaw injury, joint diseases, nerve damage, and psychological factors. When treatment is coordinated by non-experts, patients often find themselves caught in a referral run-around between dentists, periodontists, endodontists, oral surgeons, neurologists, ENTs... the list goes on and on.
Even if a patient does manage to find a non-board-certified dentist capable of offering some pain relief, they often only manage to treat the superficial symptoms of the disorder. An expertly trained, board-certified Orofacial Pain specialist (like Dr. Rainwater) can identify the disorder's underlying causes and treat the pain at its source.
For nearly forty years, Dr. Rainwater has served his community as one of Greater Houston's leading dentists. He has built hundreds of lasting, meaningful relationships with patients through his empathy, kind demeanor, and expert care. He is a passionate advocate for the dental and orofacial health of each of his patients.