Wearing a mask all day is routine for some people, including dentists and surgeons. It's just part of their jobs and they're used to it. For everyone else wearing a mask for all (or most) of the day is completely unnatural. And, what's going on under our masks can cause many problems - because wearing a mask can cause TMJ symptoms to emerge. Without even realizing it, you … [Read more...] about Why Wearing A Mask Can Cause TMJ Symptoms
For years I have seen the impact of life’s worries and challenges in patients of all ages. Whether the origin was financial, family, relationship-driven, work-prompted, medical, or a daunting combination of many factors, the result is often the emergence or escalation of an orofacial or jaw pain/dysfunction problem. With their muscles and associated sensory and motor nerves … [Read more...] about Telehealth and the Orofacial Pain/TMD Practice
As an orofacial pain specialist in New York City and Long Island, patients come to me because they suffer from the painful symptoms of TMJ. Most often their symptoms are a result of their stressful lives. During the pandemic, most people have been living with an unusually high level of stress. Poor sleep and limited exercise is one reason. Also involved are continually … [Read more...] about How To Self-Treat Jaw and Face Pain During Stressful Times
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?
A lot of times people deal with aches and pains by simply ignoring them, or taking an over the counter pain medication in the morning before heading out to work. In many cases, aches and pains are the unfortunate byproducts of getting older or working hard. Some patients approach TMJ problem in a similar fashion. They'll take a couple of Advil or Aleve, massage their jaw … [Read more...] about Chronic Facial Pain More Debilitating Than Back Pain