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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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).  […]

Bacteria and TMJ Pain

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recently, several studies have demonstrated a relationship between bacterial infections and degenerative TMJ disease. A study by Drs. Hughs, Hudson and Wolford published in the Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery (2000) found the bacteria, Chlamydia trachomatis, associated with the sexually transmitted disease Chlamydia, were present in 65% of a TMJ surgery patient group. Other studies have […]