As an orofacial pain specialist, patients come to me when they’re suffering from the painful symptoms of a temporomandibular disorder, which you may know as TMJ. TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, the joint that enables you to open and close your mouth. Many new patients who come to my office have been wearing a standard dental night guard (sometimes called an oral … [Read more...] about Which Type Of Dental Night Guard Is Right For You?
Note: This article explains how to evaluate yourself for TMJ, what you can do about it, and how to determine when you need to get some professional help. This past year's pandemic challenges have led more people to seek care for TMJ problems than ever before. In fact, you may be reading this article because you've had your first experience of TMJ during the past … [Read more...] about How To Evaluate Yourself For TMJ
I am blessed with three wonderful daughters, so over the years I’ve experienced their ever-changing “millennial-speak”. And, I have at times heard acronyms that typify what is in their heads and what is driving them. Not long ago FOMO came into my consciousness for the first time (for those who may not know, FOMO is short for Fear of Missing Out. One of their … [Read more...] about FOMO Can Cause TMD
There are hopes that TMD will be included. I’m happy to announce some great news. The FDA (The Food & Drug Administration) is taking a closer look at medical conditions that can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Starting in 2016 the FDA will hold public meetings with the goal of determining the impact on daily life of 20 chosen diseases, and to … [Read more...] about FDA Looking At Conditions That Impact Quality Of Life
In my practice I work with patients who suffer from facial pain, tight jaws, headaches (of a muscle or migraine variety), neck pain, or a combination of two or three symptoms. Some of my patients are poor sleepers and many of them grind and clench their teeth at night, resulting in problems with the TMJ (temporomandibular joint). But what most of these patients … [Read more...] about Transcendental Meditation Can Ease TMJ Symptoms and Headaches