A lot of times people deal with aches and pains by simply ignoring it, or taking an aspirin in the morning before heading out to work. In many cases aches and pains are the unfortunate byproducts of getting older or working hard. For some patients, they look at having a TMJ problem in a similar fashion. They’ll take a couple aspirin, massage their jaw muscles or maybe switch to … [Read more...] about Chronic Facial Pain More Debilitating Than Back Pain
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
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?
Several weeks ago a 38-year-old gentleman came to my office complaining that shortly after having three crowns (caps) put in his mouth, he began to grind his teeth at night for the first time in his life. On arising in the morning he was experiencing jaw muscle soreness and on some occasions more sharp pain which limited his breakfast selections, which are common symptoms of … [Read more...] about Can Bruxism Be Caused by Poor Dental Work?
This is a common question asked by patients in my practice. The answer to this question is based mainly on the reason it was recommended in the first place! So, if you are wondering if you will have to wear your nightguard forever, here are some common scenarios. There’s a good chance that one of them fits your situation exactly: Scenario 1: You have no teeth grinding … [Read more...] about Mouthguards & Nightguards: How Long Do They Need to Be Worn?