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Tag Archives: craniofacial pain

Self-Care for Jaw Pain

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

None of us want to see a doctor unless absolutely necessary.  One of the most compelling symptoms prompting us to call or see our doctor is pain.  Patients suffering from craniofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders (TMJ), unfortunately have few effective self-care options for the chronic pain usually associated with these conditions and therefore must seek […]

Nightguards: Good or Evil?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I am frequently asked about the indications for use of “nightguards” and what type of nightguard I recommend.  A few years ago I was asked this question during a presentation I was making at the Washington State Dental Hygiene Association annual meeting.  My tongue and cheek response was that in most cases the #1 indication […]

My dentist says I have TMJ! What does that mean?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

This is a great question and one we often hear.   The first point to understand is that TMJ is not a diagnosis at all.  TMJ is an acronym for the TemporoMandibular Joints or simply your jaw joints.  All normal healthy people have a pair, one on each side of your head.  However, you may have […]

23rd B. Jankelson Memorial Lecture Forum

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

October 25-27, 2012 found me in Tempe, Arizona attending the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics’ 23rd B. Jankelson Memorial Lecture Forum and it happens this is the 23rd that I have attended.  It has been over 40 years now since Dr. Bernard Jankelson introduced the fundamental concepts of Neuromuscular Dentistry to the scientific community and […]

Summer Travels

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Earlier this summer my wife, Anna and I went to New York City to visit my colleague, Dr. Peter Ferro.  I met Dr. Ferro some years ago when he became a member of the International Congress of Craniomandibular Orthopedics and then attended the annual scientific meeting.  Over the years, Dr. Ferro and I have spent […]

Craniofacial Pain Confrence Fort Worth July 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I recently attended the 27th Annual International Clinical Symposium sponsored by the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP).  The meeting was held in Fort Worth, TX on July 27-28 201. The theme for the conference was “Perspectives of Related Professions”. The AACP was founded in 1985.  Membership in this international organization consists of dentists, oral […]

Keeping Current with Orthodontics

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I recently attended the International Association for Orthodontics Annual Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As a full-time staff member and my office manager, my wife Anna attended as well. I must confess the lure of a tropical vacation enticed her to go along and we spent a wonderful week prior to the conference touring […]

16th Annual ICCMO International Congress

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I recently attended the ICCMO 16th International Congress in Vancouver, Canada. The International Congress is held every two years and rotates among the various international chapters of the ICCMO and is scheduled for 2013 in Munich, Germany. I continue to serve on the Board of Directors of the ICCMO and therefore it was necessary for […]

Neck Pain of Craniomandibular Origin Unassociated With Trauma

Friday, May 7, 2010

A complete discussion of the cervical spine and its relationship to the craniomandibular system would require a several day seminar.  The comments to follow will begin to develop the impact of mandibular posture to cervical dysfunction and pain.  The resting relationship of the movable mandible to the fixed maxilla is influenced by many factors.  These […]

Dr. Simmons Speaks to Dental Hygienists

Monday, April 26, 2010

Saturday was beautiful in Seattle and normally I would be hiking, biking, or working in my garden.  However, on this particular Saturday I was presenting to the Washington State Dental Hygiene Association on the topic “TMJ Facts and Fallacies”.My presentation offered a primer on current craniofacial pain (CFP) diagnosis and treatment as well as information […]