Identifying the origin of a patient’s chronic orofacial and TMJ pain is what makes my work both challenging and rewarding. Sometimes the answers are readily apparent while at other times uncovering important clues is more difficult. In all cases, there is no substitute for obtaining a careful history as the insights gained often help point to the mechanism of pain that is … [Read more...] about The Connection Between PTSD & TMJ
TMJ /Facial Pain Symptoms & Eating Disorders – The Connection As a TMJ doctor, every year I see a number of patients who are suffering from an extraordinarily high level of face and jaw pain. At first glance, the level of suffering they report is much greater than what I commonly see. One such group are people with a history of one particular eating disorder - bulimia … [Read more...] about Facial Pain – Is It Bruxism or Is It Bulimia?
As a doctor whose focus is on people who suffer from facial pain and the pain symptoms associated with Temporomandibular Disorders (commonly referred to as TMJ), I think about pain, a lot. A great deal of new scientific knowledge has been gained in my field in the past several years. Being familiar with this knowledge is an essential part of how I make difficult decisions … [Read more...] about Pain & The Brain – They’re Inseparable
A Guide For Parents I’m a dentist who focuses exclusively on treating people who suffer from jaw, tooth and head pain due to what’s commonly known as TMJ. Some of my patients tell me that they grind and clench their teeth all night, called sleep bruxism. Some tell me they clench all day, called awake bruxism. Millions of people, in fact, suffer from bruxism and as a … [Read more...] about 9 Causes Of TMJ Problems In Teens & College Students
In my practice, I often evaluate and treat patients who suffer from the effects of Sleep Bruxism. Bruxism is the clinical term for the act of clenching and/or grinding your teeth while you’re asleep. Sleep Bruxism can cause all kinds of problems for people of any age. Most of the patients who end up in my office complain of some, or all, of the following issues, particularly … [Read more...] about 4 Surprising Reasons You Grind Your Teeth