Restorative dental practices and dental specialty groups are commonly confronted with familiar patient presentations. The same holds true in my practice, where I focus on orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders. Many of the challenges I face specifically relate to the complaint of toothache pain that does not have origin in the dental pulp. Therefore, the pain … [Read more...] about Toothache Pain Beyond The Dental Pulp
Many of you have inquired about whether there is any straightforward and easy-to-understand information about Botox injections that would help your patients decide whether it is a treatment option they should consider for their TMJ/Facial Pain. Therefore, I have put together a few conversation points that should be helpful to discuss with your patients. Botox Works By … [Read more...] about Are Your Patients Asking About Botox Treatment?
During the last six months, telemedicine consults have proven to be extremely effective in assessing and beginning treatment for patients suffering from orofacial/TMD problems. Whether the patient's problem is of muscle, joint, or neuropathic origin, the history and symptoms communicated typically provide enough insight to begin the process of educating, allaying fears, and … [Read more...] about TMD Problems – When Telemedicine Isn’t Enough
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
To My Professional Colleagues, For years I have purposely avoided using the designation, Orofacial Pain Specialist, to describe what I do. However, on March 31, 2020 the ADA Committee of the National Commission on Specialty Status approved the new dental specialty, Orofacial Pain. Orofacial Pain Specialists will therefore be board-certified dental specialists, who limit their … [Read more...] about Orofacial Pain Approved As A Dental Specialty