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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 […]

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 […]

June 2011 Chelan Neuromuscular Seminar

Monday, December 19, 2011

Last June I sponsored the Chelan Neuromuscular Seminar held under the auspices of the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO). The seminar was limited to twenty dentists in order to encourage open dialogue between the participants in a more casual atmosphere than exists at the annual ICCMO conventions. Although Chelan is not a convenient seminar […]

International College of Cranio-Manibular Orthopedics

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Last October, my wife Anna and I attended the 22nd Annual Bernard Jankelson Memorial Lecture Forum in Tempe, Arizona.  Dr. Jankelson was internationally known as the father of Neuromuscular Dentistry.  The International College of Cranio-mandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO) holds this annual conference in honor of Dr. Jankelson who died in 1987.  The speakers were primarily from the […]

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 […]

Eye pain and TMD

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Retro orbital pain, or pain behind the eye, is a frequently reported symptom by patients who have TMJ/TMD.  This type of pain is often not perceived to be related to TMD by the patient or the doctor.  Patients may have often been convinced that the pain is due to eyestrain or even an undiagnosable or […]

TMD Treatment for Headache: a case history

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Our experience with headache patients is typified by our patient Beth (the facts of this case are true, only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.)   Beth was referred to me by a neighbor for evaluation of chronic jaw dysfunction including clicking and popping jaw joints, jaw-locking open and closed, and jaw muscle […]

TMD and Headache

Friday, February 12, 2010

Headache (cephalgia) is a common complaint among TMD-TMJ patients.  Consulting the literature on the incidence of headache yields widely varying results in study populations.  This is due to the wide variety of craniofacial pain symptoms, including headache, and the various methods used to categorize headache pain.  In spite of this epidemiologic confusion, there are some […]

Cervical Whiplash and TMJ

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

It is a matter of common sense that a direct impact to the lower jaw, temple, or temporomandibular joint can result in injury to the TM joint.  A lesser-known mechanism of injury is the TM joint injury resulting from trauma to structures, which directly or indirectly provide attachment to or are functionally related to jaw […]

TMJ and Ear Pain

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Patients frequently present with mysterious pain or other symptoms in the head and jaws, which they do not associate with jaw dysfunction (TMJ-TMD).  Recently a woman presented with the primary complaint of ear pain.  Thinking she had an ear infection, she sought care from her primary physician and an ENT (ear, nose, and throat physician).  […]