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TMJ – What a Pain in the Neck! “Elegant Ecology”

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If you have followed the sequence of my other blogs about TMJ pain and TMJ Disorder in general, by now you could come to the following conclusion on your own. Dentistry is closely related to the functional and dynamic systems of the body. This relation which has been termed an “Elegant Ecology” is so intertwined that discussing one without the other would be an artificial separation of anatomy and physiology. Any change in dental anatomy, position and mechanics will have an influence on the Craniosacral System and other functional systems of the body. It really is a simple matter. The […]

Answering TMJ Pain Relief Questions

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While at work the other day, I received an email notification from my oldest and most popular blog on TMJ/TMD Pain Relief matters. While reading it and in my mind formulating my answer to a TMJ and TMD Prototypical Patient. Here are some of the symptoms the patient suffers from: Variable tension in my right masseter with a constantly changing bite.  Constant low grade ear ache in my right ear. A sore area in my throat upper back right side.  Sometimes low grade pain behind my left eye. Variable nerve pain down my left arm and sometimes in my right […]

TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teeth, Neck, Spine & Skull

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One of the most difficult concepts to get across to my TMD patients and other doctors is the connectivity of the Jaw and the Neck. In fact, it is my strong belief that TMD/TMJ should really be classified as a Craniocervical Disease and hence fall under the umbrella of medical coverage rather than treated strictly as a dental problem.

Jaw like a Plane?

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Jaw like a plane?

Head and neck pain and discomfort can run a wide range, being a simple nag to severe radiating pain. These pains can be different from day to day, side to side, or up and down. These variations can cause much confusion for all as to where they stem from and how to fix them.

TMJ/TMD Question Posed

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During a recent meeting with a new colleague, a question was posed to me: “What makes us choose to dedicate so much of our practice to the treatment of TMD?” In my mind my initial response was “duhh” it’s only the foundation of all we do in the mouth!

TMJ, Orthodontics (tooth movement) and dentistry’s Dark Cosmetic Secret

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I was reading an email on my Gmail account the other day and one of the corner ads got my attention. A fellow colleague was advertising as a “Holistic Dentist”.  Though I had heard it before, I have never put much thought into what it really means.

Headaches, Headaches, Everywhere!!!!

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Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of a TMJ (Tempromandibular joint) problem and the number one reason for patients visiting their primary physicians. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, and the TMJ headache is a tension type of headache. It is often described as a feeling of wearing a hat two sizes too small, with pain in a ring around the head, or as a migraine headache.

Best Treatment for TMJ

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For the past few weeks I have been throwing around ideas as to the best way to respond to this matter. You see a recent article ( Feb.3 , 2009 NY times) titled “Best treatment for TMJ May be Nothing” nearly made me clench my jaw to pieces.