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Meet Dr. Barker

Dr. Dennis K. Barker received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan in 1966.  After graduation he served his country in the U.S. Navy at Camp Pendleton, California.  He and his wife Kay moved to San Clemente where they still reside and have raised two daughterrs, Kristen and Jennifer.  They now have six grandchildren all living in the area. 

In 1973 he and a partner built a Medical - Dental complex in a new and growing community called Laguna Niguel where he has practiced since. He now practices with Dr. Mae Lee Springer in Laguna Niguel and Dr. Jeff Barrera at Arbours Dentistry in Rancho Santa Margarita.   Dr. Barker became involved in an Institute for advanced dental education in Key Biscayne, Florida called the Pankey Institute and after completing the courses was asked to join the visiting faculty where he taught dentists from all over the world for 25 years.  He was also fortunate to be able to study under another dental Icon, Dr. Peter Dawson. 

During this time he became more and more aware that occlusion, (the way the teeth come together) was not well understood by dentists as well as the dental schools.  Through his involvement with the Institute and Dr. Dawson, Dr. Barker began to focus his practice on correcting faulty occlusions and helping relieve patients of the crippling pain they were experiencing.  In 1995 he began limiting his practice to the treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders.  Dr. Barker has lectured nationally and internationally and has published a paper entitled Occlusal Interferences and Temporomandibular Dysfunction in the Academy of General Dentistry Journal.

What is TMJ?

Over 20 million people have suffered from this malady and the causes and treatment of it have been debated by dentists for many years, creating a great deal of confusion for dentists as well as patients.  Many suffer from it without ever finding a solution or find that the treatment is so expensive that it becomes prohibitive to proceed.

While the causes of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) or (TMJ) as it is often referred to are multi-factorial, there are definitive ways to treat the disorder in a cost effective and usually non-invasive way.  With Cone Beam Computed Tomography it is possible to create images of  the TM joint that are 3-dimensional and allow for a much more definitive diagnosis and prognosis for treatment.

Even when all the information is gathered and a definite diagnosis is made Dr. Barker’s first phase of treatment is always reversible.  This means no permanent changes are performed on the patient until the symptoms are alleviated and the patient is comfortable.  If the pain and symptoms disappear in Phase One then the course of treatment can be determined for Phase Two to duplicate the conditions created in Phase One.

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We are proud of our results treating patients in pain with this disorder, often in just 2-3 visits.

Call today for your free TMJ evaluation. 949.495.4600.