Does It Work? Despite the press advocating Botox for TMJ pain problems, my clinical experience using it over the past 15 years suggests that it represents another supportive treatment at best and may not live up to the hype over the long term. To start the discussion let's focus on who is even a candidate for Botox, a chemical agent that can be used to partially reduce … [Read more...] about Botox For TMJ Pain
Most people who suffer from severe headaches don’t think about going to their dentist to get help. But a dentist may be the right professional to turn to if your physician has not been able to determine the root cause of your pain. But first, it’s important to determine whether the headaches you are experiencing fit into a primary or secondary category. Primary headaches are … [Read more...] about Can A Dentist Cure Your Headaches?
On June 23, 2017, Dr. John Sarno passed away at the age of 93. A controversial figure in mind/body medicine as it relates to back pain, Dr. Sarno explored the connection between the mind, emotions and back pain. He was a truly a pioneer. He challenged his medical colleagues to consider the uncomfortable notion that the majority of back pain sufferers were in trouble not … [Read more...] about Dr. Sarno and My Approach to TMD
Teeth grinding is the first thing that parents think of when they discover signs of wear on their children’s teeth. And while teeth grinding in children, adolescents, and teens is common (which I’ll explain later in this article), it is not always the reason that teeth become worn. In many cases, frequent consumption of highly acidic beverages is what causes tooth wear in young … [Read more...] about Teeth Grinding in Children, Adolescents, and Teens
As a specialist in orofacial pain and TMJ for over 30 years, it's my conclusion that the impact of Lyme Disease on the peripheral and central nervous systems can produce nerve and muscle pain that mimics the symptoms of TMJ. But can Lyme Disease cause TMJ? Starting in the early 90’s many patients have visited my office exhibiting the symptoms of TMJ - jaw pain, limited jaw … [Read more...] about Can Lyme Disease Cause TMJ? – 3 Case Studies