When exercises, medication, nightguards, relaxation techniques, and a soft diet don't provide relief from TMJ pain, injections for TMJ may be the next step. What Causes TMJ/TMD Problems? Note: TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint, which is your jaw joint, and TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, which refers to jaw problems. Because most people use the … [Read more...] about How To Get Relief From TMJ Pain When Nothing Is Working
Most people who suffer from severe headaches don’t think about going to their dentist to get help. But a dentist may be the right professional to turn to if your physician has not been able to determine the root cause of your pain. But first, it’s important to determine whether the headaches you are experiencing fit into a primary or secondary category. Primary headaches are … [Read more...] about Can A Dentist Cure Your Headaches?
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
A common theme in many of the scientific conferences I’ve recently attended is that chronic pain, when left untreated, can actually cause permanent changes to the brain and nervous system. That knowledge makes it all the more important for physicians to address pain soon after a patient’s struggles begin. In my practice I treat a majority of female patients who are dealing with … [Read more...] about Gender Bias In Chronic Pain Treatment
Just this week I treated two patients who unfortunately chose to eat foods that not only are known to often cause fractured teeth but also can at the same time create significant jaw injuries. Now, a particular food can’t actually “break” your jaw, but an injury in the jaw joint (TMJ) can certainly feel like it. To start the conversation, picture this: the jaw joints (or … [Read more...] about 6 Foods That Can Break Your Jaw