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?
During the course of the year, I invariably see a number of patients whose level of orofacial pain suffering is extraordinarily high. One such group includes patients who relate a history of an eating disorder, most commonly bulimia nervosa. In these patients, there is often an absence of the typical physical findings found in those suffering from "TMD." But, there are … [Read more...] about TMD & The Eating Disorder Patient
As an orofacial pain specialist, I treat patients 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 … [Read more...] about Pain And The Brain – They’re Inseparable
Two Case Studies As a dentist who specializes in TMJ problems, my patients often ask me how long the positive outcomes of their successful TMJ treatment will last. It can be challenging to answer this question due to the fact that most patients simply stop coming into the office for care when their pain or jaw function problems have gone away. That leaves me to assume that … [Read more...] about Successful TMJ Treatment – How Long Will It Last?