Dr. Droter graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland Dental School with a huge void in understanding TMJ problems. His quest for an understanding has led him to study most notably at the L.D. Pankey Institute, The Center for Advanced Dental Study with Dr. Peter Dawson and Dr. Mark Piper, The University of Florida’s Facial Pain Center with Dr. Parker Mahan, Dr. Henry Gremillion, and Dr. Frank Dolwick, The University of California, San Diego with Dr. Terry Tanaka and with Dr. Guy Haddix in Statesville, NC.
Dr. Droter maintains a private practice diagnosing facial pain in the Washington DC, Baltimore, Annapolis area. When TMJ damage is suspected in causing a patient’s problem, he utilizes state of the art imaging (CT and MRI scans) along with computerized measurement and analysis of joint and muscle function. He provides nonsurgical TMJ rehabilitation for those patients with damaged joints. He has a network of excellent physicians and therapist when problems other than the TMJ are the cause. An accurate diagnosis is the key and first step to any effective therapy.
He is a visiting faculty member at the LD Pankey Institute in Florida and the Spear Educational Center in Arizona. In the past he was a visiting faculty member at The Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, teaching temporomandibular disorders to the orthodontic residents and was on staff at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, where he did rounds with orthopedic surgeons, learning the medical approach to damaged joints. He lectures nationally and is honored to be included in the Dentistry’s Todays Top Clinicians in Dental Continuing Education. His writings include published articles on the TMJ, and a TMJ Manual written for patients.