Innumerable articles have been written since the onset of the pandemic about dentists experiencing a large increase in patients with cracked or broken teeth. The increase is usually attributed to the stress we’re all under due to the pandemic. Yes, stress. Stress can cause you to grind or clench your teeth so vigorously that they crack or break. And stress causes other oral … [Read more...] about Stress, Nail Biting & TMJ Jaw Problems
Case Study: High-Powered Executive Wakes Up With A Locked Jaw
Last week a new patient came in for a consultation. She had been having pain in her jaw for quite awhile, but had ignored it. Like many of my new patients, what made her suddenly take it seriously was the terribly frightening experience of waking up with a locked jaw. Eventually her jaw loosened up enough for her to call her dentist and be referred to me. Understandably, she … [Read more...] about Case Study: High-Powered Executive Wakes Up With A Locked Jaw
Estrogen, Pain, and TMJ
Why is TMJ Disorder So Prevalent Among Women? Not only is there a clear dominance of TMJ in women, but also the severity of the problem is often at a level virtually never seen in men. This scenario is frequently seen in the case of teenage girls, suggesting that the problems we are confronted with could be hormonal. Some research has unveiled a link between TMJ and estrogen, … [Read more...] about Estrogen, Pain, and TMJ
What is a TMJ Doctor?
Because many common symptoms of TMJ problems often can be the result of other medical conditions, those who represent themselves as “TMJ Doctors” (or “TMJ Specialists”) must be able to not only recognize common TMJ problems, but also must be adequately trained and have sufficient past experience to enable them to accurately diagnose the vast number of other problems … [Read more...] about What is a TMJ Doctor?
TMJ and Computer Use
Can Extended Computer Use be a Cause of TMJ? Researchers are now finding a link between TMJ and computer use. The link is most closely associated with the way we posture our bodies while sitting at the computer. Most often we have a tendency to sit slouched forward, collapsed within ourselves, or in an unbalanced position for extended periods of time: all contributing factors … [Read more...] about TMJ and Computer Use