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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 […]

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 […]

Tsillan Cellars

Monday, December 19, 2011

In June of this year I organized the second Chelan Neuromuscular Seminar for dentists who belong to the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics. For those of you not familiar with Chelan, it is a resort community located at the edge of the Cascade Mountains on the shore of Lake Chelan. Roughly a three hour drive […]

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 […]

Idaho State University Advanced General Dentistry Program

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I recently visited the Idaho State University Advanced General Dentistry Residency Program in Boise, Idaho to deliver a presentation entitled “Bruxism, Clenching and Obstructive Sleep Apnea – The Neuromuscular Perspective”. The program in Boise is headed by Pamela Powell, DMD, a neuromuscular dentist and a member of the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO).  Dr. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]