For most patients who experience a toothache, a visit to the dentist usually leads to a clear-cut direction of care and a predictable resolution of pain. The answer may be a simple repair, placement of a restoration, or may require root canal therapy (if the pulp is compromised by inflammation or infection). Pain relief with root canal therapy is often achieved after the first … [Read more...] about Lingering Toothache, What’s The Next Step?
Over the past year in my practice we have seen an increasingly number of female patients who are committed fans of high intensity indoor cycling workouts (sometimes called "spinning") such as Soul Cycle. They have been arriving complaining of jaw pain, limited jaw motion, and jaw clicking, all the typical signs of TMJ or Temporomandibular Disorder. What we’ve determined is that … [Read more...] about Indoor Cycling Classes Can Cause Jaw Pain and TMJ
Many of my TMJ patients also complain of ear problems and sinus symptoms. Is there a relationship between these painful and uncomfortable conditions and TMJ dysfunction? Let's start with ears. Ear Problems & TMJ The experience of ear symptoms in patients with TMJ is very predictable due to a number of factors. Most importantly during growth and development … [Read more...] about TMJ and its Relationship to Ear Problems and Sinus Symptoms
Thousands of people every year are prescribed biteplates by their dentists. There are two common scenarios that prompt a dentist to make this recommendation. Scenario 1: Tooth Grinding You went to your dentist for a routine appointment and you were told that there is evidence that you are grinding your teeth at night (sleep bruxism). Your dentist may in fact show you areas … [Read more...] about Biteplates Need To Be Monitored
Case Study: Regina, Female, Age 45 In this case study, I discuss the connection between PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), Toothache, and Facial Pain. For over two years Regina had suffered with toothache pains, which persisted despite several root canal procedures and ultimately the extraction of several teeth. Even with these efforts and consultations with a number of … [Read more...] about PCOS, Toothache, and Facial Pain – The Connection