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Can One Oral Appliance Work for Sleep Apnea and TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorders (called TMJ or TMD) and sleep apnea often occur in the same person. Since many people have both conditions, and we treat both conditions with oral appliances, patients often ask: can I get just one appliance for both my conditions? Not really. The two treatments [...]

By |September 8th, 2022|Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on Can One Oral Appliance Work for Sleep Apnea and TMJ?

Dr. Kevin Berry Expands Our Knowledge of TMJ Disorders

We recently announced that Denver TMJ dentist Dr. Kevin Berry earned certifications in orofacial pain. This included a Master of Science (MS) in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine from the Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California (USC).  While working on his MS, Dr. Berry had the opportunity [...]

By |July 5th, 2022|Jaw Pain, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Dr. Kevin Berry Expands Our Knowledge of TMJ Disorders

Orofacial Pain Certification Evidence of Quality Care for TMJ Patients

One measure of a dentist’s commitment to treating temporomandibular joint disorders (called TMJ or TMD) is their ongoing training in the discipline. All dentists must complete continuing education to maintain their licenses, but a dentist committed to TMJ treatment focuses their education on this and related areas. [...]

By |March 23rd, 2022|TMJ|Comments Off on Orofacial Pain Certification Evidence of Quality Care for TMJ Patients

8 Exercises for TMJ Relief

If you are experiencing headaches, jaw pain, or other symptoms related to temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ or TMD), it’s not a bad idea to try some jaw exercises to help reduce, relieve, or eliminate symptoms. Jaw exercises are a type of home care for TMJ that can be effective for people looking [...]

By |January 31st, 2022|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on 8 Exercises for TMJ Relief

Dr. Kevin S. Berry Recently Obtained a Master of Science in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

A huge congratulations are in order for our very own Dr. Kevin S. Berry who recently obtained a Master of Science in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine from the prestigious Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry USC. The 37-month program provided Dr. Berry with advanced training and knowledge of orofacial pain and oral medicine including [...]

By |July 8th, 2021|Chronic Pain, Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on Dr. Kevin S. Berry Recently Obtained a Master of Science in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

What Causes Ringing in the Ear?

Have you ever heard a neighbor’s car alarm going off for hours on end? That’s kind of what it’s like to live with tinnitus. The only difference is that your neighbor can’t turn off the noise. Tinnitus doesn’t end until you find a treatment that works. The best way to find a treatment that [...]

By |April 7th, 2021|Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on What Causes Ringing in the Ear?

Shoveling Snow Can Aggravate TMJ Symptoms

Over the past few years, we here in Denver have gotten spoiled--it seems we barely had to to break out the snow shovel all season. This year, though, is different, and it seems like it's been one snow storm after another here in the Mile High City. And we have our heaviest snow months of [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Home Care, TMJ|Comments Off on Shoveling Snow Can Aggravate TMJ Symptoms

5 Ways Sleep Apnea Could Be Causing Your Headaches

If you are having frequent headaches, they can be disruptive. It can be hard to work, and even harder to play when you have bad headaches. It can feel very hard to track down the cause of your headaches, too, which makes them even more frustrating. Sleep apnea [...]

By |March 1st, 2021|Headache, Migraine, Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on 5 Ways Sleep Apnea Could Be Causing Your Headaches

Hot n’ Cold: Treating TMJ Pain at Home

If you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, called TMJ for short, you’re no stranger to jaw pain. Whether yours is uncomfortable or excruciating, intermittent or constant, jaw pain is a hallmark symptom of TMJ. Although TMJ treatment can help reduce or prevent pain on a larger scale, sometimes [...]

By |December 29th, 2020|Home Care, TMJ|Comments Off on Hot n’ Cold: Treating TMJ Pain at Home

September Is Pain Awareness Month

Along with being dubbed both National Yoga Month and National Potato Month, September is also on the calendar for a significantly less fun observance: National Pain Awareness Month. First declared in 2001, National Pain Awareness Month is an effort by the American Chronic Pain Association to raise awareness about the widespread and devastating effects [...]

By |September 22nd, 2020|Chronic Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on September Is Pain Awareness Month

That’s Not an Ear Infection

For a person suffering from inner ear pain, the dentist is probably the last place they would expect to find treatment. In some cases, however, seeing a dentist about your ongoing inner ear pain could save you from months or even years of ear pain and costly antibiotics. If your family doctor or ear [...]

By |August 25th, 2020|Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on That’s Not an Ear Infection

Will Insurance Cover My TMJ?

TMJ is a potentially disabling jaw condition. Although it may initially be relatively mild, if left untreated it can progress to result in serious pain or even complete immobility of the jaw. From some standpoints, it's actually no different from other joint problems, except in the eyes in insurance. To insurance, the temporomandibular [...]

By |July 16th, 2020|TMJ|Comments Off on Will Insurance Cover My TMJ?

The Mysterious Phenomenon of Referred Pain

Have you ever wondered why eating ice cream or drinking a Slurpee gives you a headache? Or why shooting pain in your arm or jaw is a symptom of a heart attack? These are both examples of referred pain, when you feel pain in one part of your body (such as your mouth or [...]

By |May 26th, 2020|TMJ|Comments Off on The Mysterious Phenomenon of Referred Pain

Yoga and Coping Methods for TMJ Pain

For those who suffer from the constant pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorder, finding a method to minimize the problem is usually a continuous search (until they find a neuromuscular dentist). Patients who suffer from a bad bite causing a problem within the TMJ often experience wide-ranging symptoms. This might include inconsistent [...]

By |April 22nd, 2020|TMJ|Comments Off on Yoga and Coping Methods for TMJ Pain

What Are the Types of TMJ and Facial Pain?

One of the challenges that doctors face in talking about pain of the face and mouth, what we call orofacial pain, is that not everyone uses the same terms. We’re not just talking about how some people might call temporomandibular joint disorders TMJ while others use TMD. Instead, we’re talking about doctors [...]

By |March 10th, 2020|Chronic Pain, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on What Are the Types of TMJ and Facial Pain?

Essential Oils Might Offer Temporary TMJ Pain Relief

When someone visits a masseuse for relief from muscle and/or joint pain, they are usually treated with a variety of oils. Sedative essential oils are used to relax the body and relieve stress, especially when combined with fragrances used in aromatherapy. Essential Oils Recommended for TMJ Some of the most widely-used essential oils for [...]

By |February 25th, 2020|TMJ|Comments Off on Essential Oils Might Offer Temporary TMJ Pain Relief

A Cough Can Worsen TMJ

If you've gotten a cold, flu, or other upper respiratory tract infection this year, you may have experienced a short, intense period of coughing, or a long, lingering cough that sticks around for weeks after your cold is otherwise gone. In either case, it's not unusual for coughing to aggravate your TMJ Denver

By |December 26th, 2019|Home Care, TMJ|Comments Off on A Cough Can Worsen TMJ

TMJ: Another Reason the Grinch Might Hate Christmas

It's the holiday season, and that means pulling out all the family classic TV shows. Around my house one of the favorites is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and watching it this year, it occurred to me that the Grinch's real problem isn't his heart or his shoes, it's his teeth. TMJ may [...]

By |December 18th, 2019|TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ: Another Reason the Grinch Might Hate Christmas

Could TMJ Be Causing Your Headaches This Holiday Season?

Having rounded the Thanksgiving corner and headed straight home for the holidays this year, most of us are looking forward to enjoying special times with friends and family. But some of us are also dreading the annual recurrence of headaches that accompany the season. Whether you call them Christmas migraines or Hanukkah headaches, [...]

By |December 1st, 2019|TMJ|Comments Off on Could TMJ Be Causing Your Headaches This Holiday Season?

Is Coffee Causing Your Migraines?

For many of us, coffee is part of our daily routine. While one cup of java in the morning might be the perfect pick-me-up, adding too many more caffeinated drinks over the course of the day could be increasing your risk of migraines. That’s according to a new study, which suggests that [...]

By |October 9th, 2019|Bruxism, Migraine, Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on Is Coffee Causing Your Migraines?

Extreme Jaw Exercises Unnecessary, Could Be Damaging

Your quest to get and remain fit is, generally, a good thing. But there is also a point at which it can cease being beneficial and become a danger to your health.Too much exercise can lead to injury. And that’s exactly what you might be facing if you decide to follow the exercise regimen recommended [...]

By |September 25th, 2019|TMJ|Comments Off on Extreme Jaw Exercises Unnecessary, Could Be Damaging

Preventing Your Next TMJ Flare-Up

People often don’t notice temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) until it becomes an acute problem. Acute TMJ flare-ups are associated with locked jaw, extreme pain in the jaw joints and/or muscles, headaches, ringing in the ears, and more symptoms.  When this happens, you might be given treatments to alleviate the current state, such [...]

By |August 14th, 2019|Chronic Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Preventing Your Next TMJ Flare-Up

Tinnitus & TMJ: Partners in Crime

There’s an old wives’ tale that says when you hear a sharp ringing in your ears, that means someone is talking about you. Depending on who you hear it from, they might even add that ringing in the left ear means the talking is good while ringing in the right means the opposite. The belief [...]

By |June 12th, 2019|Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on Tinnitus & TMJ: Partners in Crime

Migraine Associated with TMJ in Teens

We know that migraines are among the conditions that tend to be associated with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ). We also know that teens frequently develop TMJ. So it seems likely that migraine and TMJ would be associated with one another in teens. The association between these [...]

By |May 15th, 2019|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Migraine Associated with TMJ in Teens

Can You Get TMJ on Just One Side?

Many people experience TMJ symptoms, but tend to get them on just one side. They often ask us if it’s possible to develop temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) on one side. The answer is: yes, but it’s usually not just that side that’s affected. As the condition progresses, new symptoms will likely show [...]

By |April 17th, 2019|TMJ|Comments Off on Can You Get TMJ on Just One Side?

7 Things That Could Be Causing You to Wake with a Sore Jaw

If you wake up with a sore jaw in the morning, there might be a simple solution, or it might be a sign of serious, even deadly health problems. How can you tell? The best way is to see a TMJ dentist who can eliminate some of the more serious causes. But [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|Bruxism, TMJ|Comments Off on 7 Things That Could Be Causing You to Wake with a Sore Jaw

Winter Woes: Cold Weather’s Effect on TMJ Pain

There’s no time like the winter time! Beautiful white snowscapes, steaming hot chocolate, glistening icicles along the eaves of the house, and increased jaw pain — wait, what? Despite the things that make winter great, the cold weather can also come with heightened TMJ symptoms for many people. Though some people think pain fluctuation based [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Chronic Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Winter Woes: Cold Weather’s Effect on TMJ Pain

Pain Questionnaire Can’t Distinguish TMJ from Other Types of Facial Pain

People with temporomandibular joint disorder (often called TMJ or TMD), can have a hard time getting a true diagnosis of their condition. Misdiagnosis is common. This can prevent people from getting successful treatment. There are many reasons why it’s hard to get an accurate diagnosis. Part of it is [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|TMJ|Comments Off on Pain Questionnaire Can’t Distinguish TMJ from Other Types of Facial Pain

Think You’re Too Young for Arthritis? Think Again

Arthritis is a condition that only affects old people, right? Wrong. Although it’s true that most people experience arthritis as part of aging, it’s also true that a significant number of people develop arthritis when they are quite young, perhaps even children. And when people develop arthritis, the temporomandibular joints (jaw joints) are often affected. [...]

By |December 19th, 2018|TMJ|Comments Off on Think You’re Too Young for Arthritis? Think Again

Drug-Free Migraine Treatment Options Apply for Accelerated FDA Approval

In an attempt to help counter the ongoing crisis of opioid overdose in the US, the FDA has announced that devices for controlling pain can get through the approval process faster. This may mean that in the near future, we may have access to more drug-free treatments for migraines. But there’s even [...]

By |November 14th, 2018|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Drug-Free Migraine Treatment Options Apply for Accelerated FDA Approval

Two TMJ Misdiagnoses We Encounter Often

One of the biggest challenges of getting successful treatment for your TMJ is getting a successful diagnosis. TMJ symptoms often overlap with other conditions, and since many doctors don’t know much about TMJ, they are more likely to put a label on the symptoms that they feel more comfortable with. Since these [...]

By |October 18th, 2018|Bruxism, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Two TMJ Misdiagnoses We Encounter Often

Questions to Ask When Your Regular Dentist Offers You a Night Guard

You’ve discovered that you’re a night bruxer. In other words, you clench and grind your teeth at night while you sleep. Your regular dentist is offering to give you a night guard to protect your teeth from future damage. It seems like a good idea to take it, but before you do, there are some [...]

By |September 19th, 2018|Bruxism, Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on Questions to Ask When Your Regular Dentist Offers You a Night Guard

Why Your Sleep Dentist Needs to Understand TMJ, Too

Sleep dentists are trained to help treat sleep apnea with the use of oral appliances. There are many dentists who will advertise their services as sleep dentists after just a short, focused training on oral appliances. However, if you are looking for a sleep dentist who is likely to give you the [...]

By |September 6th, 2018|CPAP, Oral Appliance, Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on Why Your Sleep Dentist Needs to Understand TMJ, Too

Could New TMJ Tissue Implant Eliminate TMJ Surgery?

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) are best treated early, before they result in destruction of the joint’s critical cushioning disc. Once that disc is destroyed, we currently have no alternative but surgery to replace the joint with an artificial replacement. Unfortunately, these replacement joints have very high complication rates and often don’t work [...]

By |July 26th, 2018|TMJ|Comments Off on Could New TMJ Tissue Implant Eliminate TMJ Surgery?

Why Isn’t There a Cure for TMJ?

A recent article in US News & World Report looked at one woman’s struggle to get treatment for her temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). It’s not a heartening story, because her symptoms persist, despite years of trying to get treatment for her condition. This can make people wonder: why don’t we have a [...]

By |June 14th, 2018|TMJ|Comments Off on Why Isn’t There a Cure for TMJ?

Are “Clinically Lazy” Doctors Less Likely to Catch TMJ?

There’s no doubt that medicine has changed dramatically in recent years. In some ways, it has improved considerably, with medical imaging technology giving us great insight into medical conditions. It has helped the diagnosis of TMJ considerably in our office. But at the same time, there have arguably been some declines in [...]

By |March 22nd, 2018|TMJ|Comments Off on Are “Clinically Lazy” Doctors Less Likely to Catch TMJ?

People Regularly Overuse OTC Medications–and They Suffer for It

The nation has finally seen fit to declare a national emergency over the use of prescription opioid pain relievers. However, there are other classes of medication that are also very deadly, are also being abused, and may also need to be better controlled. These are over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications. Although most of us think it’s [...]

By |February 22nd, 2018|Chronic Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on People Regularly Overuse OTC Medications–and They Suffer for It

Can Your Thoughts Control Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a disruptive, even disabling symptom, although it’s often hard to track down what it’s a symptom of. People with tinnitus may have difficulty working, and they can experience a significant mental health burden, which may include depression and even suicide attempts. One of the most serious obstacles for tinnitus sufferers [...]

By |December 28th, 2017|Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on Can Your Thoughts Control Tinnitus?

New Trials Show Promise of Migraine Drugs in Development

Migraine sufferers have long struggled to find successful migraine treatments. And when they do, these treatments come with numerous potential side effects. Few migraine sufferers have found a treatment that they are happy with. But that may soon change, with the development of new migraine drugs that target a key link in the causal mechanism [...]

By |December 7th, 2017|Headache, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on New Trials Show Promise of Migraine Drugs in Development

TMJ May Increase Risk of Chronic Migraine

We know that there’s a strong link between migraines and TMJ. Although it’s hard to establish a causal link, we know through our practice that people with TMJ are more likely to suffer more migraines--and more likely to experience severe migraines. Now a study from Brazil has confirmed at [...]

By |October 5th, 2017|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ May Increase Risk of Chronic Migraine

Patients With TMJ More Likely to Smoke, Have Allergies

Did you know that over 10 million Americans are estimated to have TMJ? Despite how common the disorder is, researchers are still struggling to pinpoint its cause. Studies have identified connections to chewing gum and oral piercings, and some statistics even suggest millennials may be suffering from the disorder [...]

By |August 31st, 2017|TMJ|Comments Off on Patients With TMJ More Likely to Smoke, Have Allergies

Maintaining Oral Hygiene When You Have TMJ

Living with temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly known as TMJ, means lots of things. It means monitoring everything from your diet to your pain triggers to keep your jaw working as normally as possible. It means working with professionals for treatment and putting together a self-management plan

By |July 26th, 2017|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Maintaining Oral Hygiene When You Have TMJ

Lessen TMJ Pain With Nutritional Choices

If you suffer from TMJ disorder, you are probably already getting treatment from a dentist to reduce pain and prevent further damage to your joints. Treatments from medical professionals are imperative, since untreated TMJ generally worsens over time. But medical professionals aren’t the only ones who can help reduce the pain caused [...]

By |July 5th, 2017|Home Care, TMJ|Comments Off on Lessen TMJ Pain With Nutritional Choices

Is TMJ Affecting Your Sleep?

If you’ve been diagnosed with TMJ or you suffer from TMJ symptoms, you may not think to link those troubles to your sleep. This common joint disorder is characterized by a misaligned bite, resulting in tension and stress on the temporomandibular joint, which connects the jaw to the skull. That tension can [...]

By |June 7th, 2017|Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on Is TMJ Affecting Your Sleep?

Millennials Get More Physical Therapy for TMJ

If you’ve heard about millennials in the news lately, it’s probably because someone is claiming that they’re killing something. From department stores to golf, millennials have even been pinned with the cold-blooded murder of lunch. But while millennials aren’t spending their spare time destroying important American industries like napkins, they’re experiencing unprecedented levels of mental [...]

By |May 17th, 2017|TMJ|Comments Off on Millennials Get More Physical Therapy for TMJ

What Makes Up a TMJ Self-Management Program?

Temporomandibular joint disorder is a complex and painful condition that above all requires treatment by experienced medical professionals like TMJ dentist Dr. Kevin Berry. But not all TMJ treatment takes place at the dentist’s office — some of it has to take place at home. An [...]

By |May 3rd, 2017|Home Care, TMJ|Comments Off on What Makes Up a TMJ Self-Management Program?

Piercings, Gum, and Fingernails: Are Your Habits Giving You TMJ?

Some estimates suggest that more than 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ, a disorder in which the jaw joint is misaligned, creating tension and pain. And it’s no wonder that the disorder is so common — a new study shows that habits as seemingly harmless as chewing gum can put undue pressure [...]

By |March 16th, 2017|TMJ|Comments Off on Piercings, Gum, and Fingernails: Are Your Habits Giving You TMJ?

Not All TMJ Symptoms Are In Your Jaw

For people suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly referred to as TMJ, there are a variety of unpleasant symptoms. Jaw pain is a common indicator of the disorder, as is the tendency to clench or grind teeth. Some people experience popping or clicking sounds when they open [...]

By |January 19th, 2017|Headache, Jaw Pain, Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on Not All TMJ Symptoms Are In Your Jaw

Bite Splints Can Provide TMJ Relief

Every case of TMJ is different, and because of that, every treatment must also be different. One common treatment is a bite splint, which is popular because it’s a quick-working solution that isn’t permanent, providing flexibility of treatment. While a bite splint isn’t the right treatment for everyone, it’s a good start for [...]

By |January 5th, 2017|Oral Appliance, TMJ|Comments Off on Bite Splints Can Provide TMJ Relief

Wrinkles and Beyond: A Closer Look at BOTOX® for TMJ Pain

Most people know BOTOX® Cosmetic as a treatment for facial wrinkles and fine lines. But for some people, BOTOX® may also relieve the chronic jaw pain associated with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). TMJ causes vary widely, and BOTOX® isn’t effective for everyone. In some cases, an oral appliance known as a bite splint [...]

By |December 7th, 2016|BOTOX, TMJ|Comments Off on Wrinkles and Beyond: A Closer Look at BOTOX® for TMJ Pain

Stem School: Researchers Find Cells that May Combat TMJ

Stem cells that facilitate the growth of new cartilage and rejuvenate damaged joints have been identified in a joint that is prone to premature wear and causes discomfort in millions of Americans: the temporomandibular joint. Temporomandibular joints are integral in connecting the jaw and the skull, and there is one on each side of the [...]

By |November 9th, 2016|BOTOX, TMJ|Comments Off on Stem School: Researchers Find Cells that May Combat TMJ

Migraines Deliver Big Hits (Just Ask Coach Kubiak)

Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak was sidelined for last Thursday’s loss against the Chargers with what the team deemed a “complex migraine condition.” “Complex migraine” is a general term, and it can refer to a severe migraine, a migraine accompanied by visual aura, or lingering migraine complications. The precise cause of Kubiak’s migraine has [...]

By |October 20th, 2016|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Migraines Deliver Big Hits (Just Ask Coach Kubiak)

Tusk the Facts, Ma’am: Walruses Often Develop TMJ

Temporomandibular joints are among the physical characteristics that differentiate mammals from other vertebrates. These joints—one on each side of the jaw—help connect the mandible to the skull and provide the range of motion necessary for biting, chewing and (in humans) speaking. The joints also lend their name to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), [...]

By |October 13th, 2016|BOTOX, Headache, TMJ|Comments Off on Tusk the Facts, Ma’am: Walruses Often Develop TMJ

Joint Effort: Research Examines TMJ, Arthritis Connection

Arthritis is sometimes a factor in the jaw pain associated with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a common condition that can also lead to migraine-like headaches, soreness in the neck and shoulders, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Current and forthcoming research aims to provide a better understanding of the relationship between certain types of [...]

By |September 15th, 2016|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Joint Effort: Research Examines TMJ, Arthritis Connection

Research Examines Sleep Apnea Devices, TMJ Relationship

Oral appliances are widely used to treat disruptive snoring and mild to moderate forms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a common and life-threatening sleep disorder. As the use of these appliances, which are sometimes referred to as mandibular advancement devices, has grown in recent years so has concern about potential effects on [...]

By |August 25th, 2016|Oral Appliance, TMJ|Comments Off on Research Examines Sleep Apnea Devices, TMJ Relationship

Mutton Props: The Role of Sheep in TMJ Research

Modern medical research is moving away from the use of animals where possible as new testing technology and methods become available, and as more people question the ethics and effectiveness of animal testing. As we strive for better approaches to research and experimentation, we should not overlook animals’ contributions to the development of medications and [...]

By |August 4th, 2016|TMJ|Comments Off on Mutton Props: The Role of Sheep in TMJ Research

Physical Injuries and TMJ Disorders

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a fascinating condition for medical professionals, including researchers, because it impacts millions of people and it is connected to many potential underlying causes. The headaches, jaw pain and other discomfort associated with TMJ are often byproducts of a bite condition or a misaligned jaw, but TMJ disorders [...]

By |July 21st, 2016|TMJ|Comments Off on Physical Injuries and TMJ Disorders

What’s That Ringing? It Could be the Sound of TMJ Disorder

Those afflicted by the chronically uncomfortable condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) endure multiple symptoms, some of which — including headaches, jaw pain and difficulty chewing — provide a direct link to TMJ in the presence of one another. Other indicators, such as tinnitus, can prove more elusive but no less [...]

By |June 8th, 2016|Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on What’s That Ringing? It Could be the Sound of TMJ Disorder

Horses Also Saddled With TMJ Disorder

A horse is a horse, of course, but scientific research into the anatomy and medical conditions of animals like horses can also help us better understand our own bodies and health ailments. One such area of focus is the temporomandibular joint and its role in temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Temporomandibular joints connect [...]

By |May 12th, 2016|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Horses Also Saddled With TMJ Disorder

Research Examines Pain Onset in TMJ Disorder, Fibromyalgia

Approximately 3 million Americans are thought to suffer from fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by chronic, widespread, musculoskeletal pain. Many with fibromyalgia also experience temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), which causes recurring headaches, jaw pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. Over the past decade, substantial research has focused on the relationship between [...]

By |April 28th, 2016|Headache, TMJ|Comments Off on Research Examines Pain Onset in TMJ Disorder, Fibromyalgia

Alligator Discovery May Lead to Better Understanding of TMJ

Scientists have long known that the crocodilian species — which includes various types of crocodiles, alligators and caimans — have the strongest bites in the animal kingdom. What was not entirely understood was just how these aquatic reptiles are able to generate such extreme force. But the recent discovery of a second jaw joint in [...]

By |April 14th, 2016|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Alligator Discovery May Lead to Better Understanding of TMJ

The Nerve: TMJ Shares Symptoms with Rare Trigeminal Disorder

Because temporomandibular joint disorder is characterized by a number of symptoms that are common in other medical problems or health ailments, many patients suffer through multiple attempts at diagnosis before arriving at a neuromuscular dentist with experience in correctly assessing and successfully treating TMJ disorder. But as a recent Washington Post article [...]

By |March 30th, 2016|Chronic Pain, Headache, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on The Nerve: TMJ Shares Symptoms with Rare Trigeminal Disorder

Consumer Watchdog Takes Bite out of Pillow’s TMJ Claims

A quality pillow is an important component of a good night’s sleep, but there is no medical evidence indicating it can treat physical ailments like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a fact the consumer watchdog nonprofit Truth in Advertising noted last month in regards to claims made by a popular pillow manufacturer. MyPillow [...]

By |March 17th, 2016|Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on Consumer Watchdog Takes Bite out of Pillow’s TMJ Claims

Why Some Dentists Diagnose and Treat TMJ Differently

Although the painful condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (also referred to as TMJ or TMD) is a dental-centric problem, its uncomfortable symptoms are felt throughout the body, from recurring headaches to back pain to tingling in the hands and fingers. Because the symptoms of TMJ disorder can be vague, and many indicators [...]

By |February 24th, 2016|TMJ|Comments Off on Why Some Dentists Diagnose and Treat TMJ Differently

Can Singing Lessons Help With TMJ?

Iggy Azalea has recently proclaimed on Twitter that her singing lessons have done more than just help her prepare for future albums. Believe it or not, she claims her singing lessons have actually helped her with her TMJ as well. At the beginning of 2015, the Aussie singer shared news of her TMJ [...]

By |February 18th, 2016|Home Care, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Can Singing Lessons Help With TMJ?

Could Shockwaves Help Treat Your TMJ?

People with TMJ may become frustrated with conventional treatments and may consider many alternative treatments. One that some people are advocating for is extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT), but there’s no proof that this therapy can actually help treat your TMJ.   How ESWT Works ESWT creates shockwaves by using an impactor that [...]

By |February 3rd, 2016|TMJ|Comments Off on Could Shockwaves Help Treat Your TMJ?

Developments Made in Rebuilding TMJ Joint

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is not only a very painful condition affecting the jaw, but can also put a huge strain on your day to day life. There are a number of things that you can do to protect your temporomandibular joint, but what can you do if you already have TMJ? X. [...]

By |December 16th, 2015|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Developments Made in Rebuilding TMJ Joint

Can Heat Help With TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can be a major source of pain and discomfort for those suffering from the disorder. TMJ has been linked to migraines, facial pain, as well as neck and shoulder pain due to the interconnectivity of the nerves running along the temporomandibular joint and the cooperative action of [...]

By |November 23rd, 2015|Home Care, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Can Heat Help With TMJ?

Can Music Cure Hangovers?

We have all been there. As you wake up the next morning from a night out, you reach over and shut off the alarm that's ringing sounds like a million bombs going off in your ears. Last night was fun, probably a little too fun, and now you are hungover and are faced with the [...]

By |November 5th, 2015|Headache, Home Care, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Can Music Cure Hangovers?

Can Ear Piercings Alleviate Migraines?

Most migraine sufferers have tried many different treatments, often with little or no success, until they stumble on something that works. That was the case for a British woman, who recently found that her ear piercing relieved her migraines. And she’s not the only one to get these results. Could this [...]

By |October 7th, 2015|Headache, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Can Ear Piercings Alleviate Migraines?

Secrets of Masseter Muscle Massage for TMJ Relief

When considering home care for TMJ, it’s important to determine whether you need professional care. Not all treatments are a good idea, even if they are natural or free of cost. However, if you’ve determined that your case of TMJ syndrome might benefit from home treatment under the watchful eye [...]

By |August 19th, 2015|Home Care, TMJ|Comments Off on Secrets of Masseter Muscle Massage for TMJ Relief

Five Questions to Ask before Trying Home Care for TMJ

To get the best results from TMJ treatment, it’s advised that you start with the most minimally invasive treatments before moving on to more invasive and irreversible treatments. So starting with home care is a good idea most of the time. But before you try a home care routine, it’s important [...]

By |July 29th, 2015|Headache, Home Care, Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Five Questions to Ask before Trying Home Care for TMJ

New Foundation Ignores Dental Causes and Symptoms of TMJ

A new organization launched this month with the goal of conducting research and educating people with TMJ disorders and facial palsy. The Foundation for Facial Recovery aims to be a resource for healthcare providers so that they can properly diagnose facial palsy and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ). According to the Foundation’s news release [...]

By |July 22nd, 2015|Jaw Pain, Movement Disorders, TMJ|Comments Off on New Foundation Ignores Dental Causes and Symptoms of TMJ

New Research May Lead to Better Chronic Pain Treatment for Women

Chronic pain is one of the most common and disabling conditions in America, with 100 million Americans—and nearly half of all women—suffering. And many of our treatments don’t work well enough, but new research might change that. The existing model for pain management says hormones like estrogen alter a common pain circuit present in both [...]

By |July 8th, 2015|Chronic Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on New Research May Lead to Better Chronic Pain Treatment for Women

How the Trigeminal Nerve Links TMJ and Migraines

Many people have difficulty understanding how a jaw disorder like TMJ can be linked to severe headaches and especially migraines. After all, migraines are caused inside the head, and are linked to a wide range of triggers that don't seem to have any relationship to the jaw. But there is an [...]

By |July 1st, 2015|Headache, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on How the Trigeminal Nerve Links TMJ and Migraines

Change Bad Habits to Reduce TMJ Flare-ups

While your conscious brain focuses on one task, you often perform unconscious habits. You might form good habits, such as glancing at your rearview mirror before changing lanes. You might also form bad ones, such as chewing on your nails while working on projects. Some harmful habits can cause or exacerbate a painful jaw condition [...]

By |June 17th, 2015|TMJ|Comments Off on Change Bad Habits to Reduce TMJ Flare-ups

TMJ Could Impact Manager and Employee Engagement

Symptoms associated with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), commonly caused by a painful misalignment of the jaw, affect your overall well-being. These symptoms can detract from your ability to focus, make you feel isolated, and cause you to withdraw from your community. Unfortunately, this can impact your success in the work place. Recent survey [...]

By |May 27th, 2015|TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ Could Impact Manager and Employee Engagement

High Schooler Elena Stotts Battles TMJ

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can make seemingly simple tasks like eating, yawning, and speaking painful and unpleasant. Jaw pain, although not usually a life-threatening condition, disrupts your life in big ways. For Erie high school senior Elena Stotts, jaw pain even keeps her from attending more than a handful of classes per week. [...]

By |April 8th, 2015|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on High Schooler Elena Stotts Battles TMJ

The Importance of Evaluating Your Tinnitus

One of the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is tinnitus. TMJ can cause tinnitus because the three small bones that make up your inner ear are housed behind your jaw joint. Tension and pressure created by TMJ can cause muscle spasms that create ringing and buzzing in your [...]

By |April 1st, 2015|Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on The Importance of Evaluating Your Tinnitus

iCat Technology Improves TMJ and Sleep Apnea Treatment

Dental technology is always evolving, seeking to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of dental practice. It is important for dentists to continue to evaluate and bring new technologies into their practices as they become available. Dentists should do this whenever a technology offers true benefits for patients. One technology that we think will be very helpful [...]

By |March 4th, 2015|Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on iCat Technology Improves TMJ and Sleep Apnea Treatment

TMJ Can Hurt Your Career and Self Worth

TMJ can negatively influence a career, or even make it hard to get a job in the first place. When people are in pain, even seemingly simple tasks can seem like a mountain to accomplish. Pain costs an estimated $294 billion annually in lost workdays, medical costs, and other benefit costs. Having constant [...]

By |February 23rd, 2015|TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ Can Hurt Your Career and Self Worth

TMJ and Anxiety May be Linked

Studies have found a possible link between TMJ and anxiety. At present, findings have suggested that TMJ can be caused by anxiety, and anxiety can be caused by TMJ. A large number of variables have made it difficult to determine the exact relationship between the two, but the link seems to be there. [...]

By |February 4th, 2015|TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ and Anxiety May be Linked

Are Women at a Higher Risk for TMJ?

More than ten million people in the United States experience pain from TMJ, ranging from mild to extreme levels. Surprisingly, 90% of TMJ sufferers seeking treatment for severe symptoms are women in their childbearing years. Studies searching for the cause of these statistics are relatively new, and little is known about why more [...]

By |January 27th, 2015|TMJ|Comments Off on Are Women at a Higher Risk for TMJ?

Bell’s Palsy Risk Increased in Migraine Sufferers

According to a new study, migraine sufferers are nearly twice as likely to suffer from Bell's palsy. Although researchers in the study haven't explained the link, it could tell us more about migraine, and further explain how TMJ treatment helps migraine sufferers. What Is Bell's Palsy? Bell's palsy is an unusual condition [...]

By |December 30th, 2014|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Bell’s Palsy Risk Increased in Migraine Sufferers

Good Mythical Morning’s TMJ Episode

Good Mythical Morning is a video talk show posting to YouTube, featuring the "Intertainers" Rhett and Link. On an episode entitled "How to Cure TMJ," the intertainers amusingly spread awareness about TMJ, as well as some misinformation. Waking Up with Lockjaw The episode starts out talking about how Link woke up one morning [...]

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Should You Try Qigong for TMJ?

Sometimes you will hear outrageous claims for alternative medical practices. In many cases, these claims are completely frivolous, but in other cases, science is coming to understand that some practices, like acupuncture can actually be effective. The traditional Chinese practice of qigong (sometimes spelled chi kung) hasn't been extensively evaluated, but it has [...]

By |November 17th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on Should You Try Qigong for TMJ?

Man Raffles off Beer Collection to Pay for Girlfriend’s TMJ Surgery

A man in Florida has decided to raffle off his beer collection to help raise money for his wife's TMJ surgery. Florida is a state where TMJ treatment is covered by insurance, but Sara Black's insurance company has deemed her procedure to be "not medically necessary," leaving her stuck with the [...]

By |November 13th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on Man Raffles off Beer Collection to Pay for Girlfriend’s TMJ Surgery

Cervicogenic Headaches and TMJ Treatment

If you've been diagnosed with cervicogenic headaches (headaches caused by neck problems), the chances are very good that you also have TMJ. Although manual therapy is a good drug-free treatment for this type of headache, you can get even better results if you also have TMJ treatment. Identifying Cervicogenic [...]

By |October 9th, 2014|Headache, TMJ|Comments Off on Cervicogenic Headaches and TMJ Treatment

Is TMJ a Type of Arthritis?

TMJ is a joint dysfunction centered primarily on the temporomandibular joints that connect your jaw bone to your skull. Like arthritis, TMJ can result in painful swelling, an inability to open your jaw, and popping or clicking noises in the jaw. Is TMJ really a type of arthritis? What Is Arthritis? First, let's [...]

By |October 2nd, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on Is TMJ a Type of Arthritis?

What Your Family Doctor Is Taught about TMJ

For a routine health concern like recurring headaches, most of us will start by visiting our family doctor. The problem is that your family doctor may not be adequately prepared to handle a condition like TMJ that may be causing your headaches. Although training among doctors varies, we can look at [...]

By |September 10th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on What Your Family Doctor Is Taught about TMJ

TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado Announces Scholarship

The TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado is offering a $500 scholarship for students who are going (or in) a D1 athletics program but didn't receive an athletic scholarship. To qualify, students must submit an application and a statement of need in the form of a 500 word essay. Student Debt Linked to Poor [...]

By |August 20th, 2014|Sleep Apnea, TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado Announces Scholarship

Temporomandibular Joint Often Affected by Juvenile Arthritis

Most of the time, we associate arthritis with the elderly, but it can actually affect children. Most often, this is what is known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis or juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). The condition is an autoimmune disorder. For reasons that remain somewhat mysterious the immune system begins to attack tissues of the body, especially [...]

By |August 6th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on Temporomandibular Joint Often Affected by Juvenile Arthritis

Is TMJ a Complication of Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

With the high-profile cases of a young woman who slipped into a coma and a teen who died of infection following wisdom tooth removal, the issue of whether we should routinely have wisdom teeth removed has become more controversial. Adding to that controversy is new findings that TMJ may be a complication [...]

By |June 25th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on Is TMJ a Complication of Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

Prehistoric People Got TMJ Even Worse Than We Do

Although some studies suggest possibilities, we're not entirely certain what causes TMJ. It's most likely the result of injury, diet, and genetic factors, and some have even suggested that it's something modern people are more prone to, which would make sense if it were related to routine crowding, which is much more common [...]

By |June 18th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on Prehistoric People Got TMJ Even Worse Than We Do

Joint Problems in TMJ: What They Mean

When the RDC-TMD Consortium announced its new diagnostic criteria, which have been embraced by the American Dental Association (ADA), it moved us a long way toward having good definitions of different TMJ conditions. But it didn't necessarily clear things up for many people who may still wonder what some of the [...]

By |June 11th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on Joint Problems in TMJ: What They Mean

Could Eating Chocolate Help Cure TMJ?

Ahh . . . chocolate. Is there anything it can't do? We have long known about many health benefits of chocolate, and now it seems we have to add curing TMJ to that list. According to recent research, the anti-inflammatory properties of chocolate might be useful in controlling TMJ. Simulating and Treating TMJ [...]

By |May 28th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on Could Eating Chocolate Help Cure TMJ?

Is Medical Marijuana Good for TMJ?

Colorado has been one of the leading states in the medical marijuana revolution, which has now swept 21 states and the District of Columbia. Medical marijuana is often recommended for chronic pain conditions, so it would make sense that people might want to take it for TMJ. However, there is very little research to support [...]

By |May 13th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on Is Medical Marijuana Good for TMJ?

New TMJ Diagnostic Criteria Provide Scientific Uniformity

After many years of work, the International RDC-TMD Consortium has released its updated version of the diagnostic criteria for TMJ. These new criteria consist of a short screening instrument and a longer diagnostic one. However, these criteria depend entirely on questionnaires, and the RDC-TMD recommends that they be followed up with CT and MRI Imaging Can Improve TMJ Diagnosis and Treatment

By |May 8th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on New TMJ Diagnostic Criteria Provide Scientific Uniformity

TMJ or TMD: What Should We Call It?

One problem people have with talking about their temporomandibular joint disorder is what they should call it. Many people call it TMJ, but others call it TMD. The condition has actually had many different names in the 80 years since it was first described. Jaw Pain Surgery and Early Naming The first symptom [...]

By |April 30th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ or TMD: What Should We Call It?

TMJ Implant Adverse Events Remind Us Less Is Best for TMJ

In TMJ treatment, we have increasingly found that less intervention is best. The less we interfere with the normal functioning of the temporomandibular joint, the better results we are likely to get in the long term. Looking at problems related to the use of temporomandibular joint implants, we are reminded why this is [...]

By |April 16th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ Implant Adverse Events Remind Us Less Is Best for TMJ

How the Current In TENS Compares to Your House Current

TENS, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, is commonly used to treat the muscle tension in TMJ and other types of chronic pain. TENS uses a very low-powered current that is safe for regular use and a method our office uses for TMJ Treatment. Voltage, Amps, and Your TENS Unit The current [...]

By |March 26th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on How the Current In TENS Compares to Your House Current

Protecting Your Temporomandibular Joints

TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint disorder. It is caused by various conditions that result in a degradation or displacement of the joint, including both bony parts and the cushioning disc between them. In many cases, there are unusual circumstances that cause your TMJ, but other times it may be due to an [...]

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Jaw Pain the Most Important TMJ Symptom

We are in the midst of a revolution of our understanding of TMJ because of the large-scale OPPERA study, which looked at nearly 3000 people at four locations. These people had not been diagnosed with TMJ, but they were followed for three years to learn more about TMJ's onset and symptoms. We've previously [...]

By |February 19th, 2014|Jaw Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Jaw Pain the Most Important TMJ Symptom

Science Dispels TMJ Myths

It should come as no surprise that OPPERA (Orofacial Pain Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment), an unprecedented and large TMJ study, will likely transform our understanding of the condition and overturn many of the things we thought we knew. Myth: TMJ Is Rare One of the most important insights of this large study [...]

By |February 11th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on Science Dispels TMJ Myths

TMJ Insights: OPPERA Reports Second Stage Results

It's an exciting time for TMJ patients and dentists. After decades of fighting to get their condition recognized by their doctors, we are now seeing the results of the first large-scale population study of TMJ. OPPERA, the Orofacial Pain: Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment, has just concluded its phase 2, and has reported [...]

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Perspective on the TMJ-Tinnitus Connection: Your Ear Bones Are Jaw Bones

The connection between TMJ and its numerous symptoms is sometimes difficult to see. When one condition causes so many symptoms, the links can seem tenuous. The connection between TMJ and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) always seems natural because the ear is so close to the jaw joint. But they're even [...]

By |January 23rd, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on Perspective on the TMJ-Tinnitus Connection: Your Ear Bones Are Jaw Bones

Rheumatoid Arthritis and TMJ Treatment

Unlike the common form of arthritis that comes from gradual wear and destruction of the cushions between your bones, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that can attack any joint in your body, including your temporomandibular joint. If RA attacks your temporomandibular joint, TMJ symptoms may result. Fortunately, TMJ treatment may help to control

By |January 6th, 2014|TMJ|Comments Off on Rheumatoid Arthritis and TMJ Treatment

TMJ Headaches Related to Gum Chewing in Children, Teens

If you are a gum chewer who's been told that this is a bad habit and that you should stop, perhaps now you'll find the incentive to stop. Research from Tel Aviv University shows that chewing gum has been associated with chronic headaches.   Gum Chewing Associated with Headaches After a pediatrician observed that many [...]

By |December 23rd, 2013|Headache, TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ Headaches Related to Gum Chewing in Children, Teens

TMJ Can Give You an Uneven Facial Appearance

TMJ is often caused by an imbalance among the components of your jaw. Although this imbalance may begin as an entirely internal phenomenon, it usually doesn't stay that way, and as your TMJ develops, you may experience facial asymmetry that is visible to others and to you when you look in the [...]

By |December 11th, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ Can Give You an Uneven Facial Appearance

Jaw Joint Jamboree, the Not-So-Pleasant Music of TMJ

Joint sounds are one of the most commonly reported symptom among people seeking treatment for TMJ. It may be accompanied by jaw pain, headaches, and many other symptoms of the condition, but many people don't understand what causes these sounds. Clicking Clicking is the most commonly reported TMJ sound. It's a [...]

By |November 20th, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on Jaw Joint Jamboree, the Not-So-Pleasant Music of TMJ

Atypical Migraines May Be Confused with Dental Problems, TMJ

People with pain centered in their teeth or sinuses may suspect many things, such as a sinus infection and cavities or other tooth problems. They may never suspect the true cause of their problems, an atypical migraine, also called neurovascular orofacial pain. Types of Atypical Migraines Migraines are a mysterious condition. Part of [...]

By |November 20th, 2013|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Atypical Migraines May Be Confused with Dental Problems, TMJ

Are Lupus Headaches Really TMJ Headaches?

Headaches are so common among lupus sufferers that many guides include them in a list of symptoms. However, a new study suggests that lupus headaches aren't actually lupus headaches at all. Although the study proposes that the headache/lupus connection is merely coincidence, it's possible that the connection between the two is actually

By |October 29th, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on Are Lupus Headaches Really TMJ Headaches?

Can You Relieve Jaw Joint Pain with Chili?

If you suffer from recurring jaw pain or headaches and you're tired of taking pain pills, you might be looking for an alternative treatment option. Some people recommend capsaicin, the active ingredient that makes chili peppers hot. Although like many natural supplements, this may seem completely safe, but over-the-counter medications have [...]

By |October 21st, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on Can You Relieve Jaw Joint Pain with Chili?

Reduce TMJ Symptoms by Identifying Stress Triggers

If you are beginning to suffer TMJ symptoms, you might have noticed that they seem to come and go with your body's stress level. When you get upset, you may notice that you get jaw pain or headaches. That's because stress can cause you to tense your jaw muscles [...]

By |October 21st, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on Reduce TMJ Symptoms by Identifying Stress Triggers

Is There an All-Natural TMJ Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know about?

If you've done any amount of researching on your own for TMJ treatment, chances are pretty good that you've come across claims for an all-natural 100% guaranteed TMJ treatment, sold by sites with names like "TMJ no more." Is it possible that they stumbled Ton some miraculous treatment never dreamed of by scientists [...]

By |October 18th, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on Is There an All-Natural TMJ Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know about?

New Research Suggests Some People Just Made to Suffer Chronic Pain

According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), chronic pain susceptibility is made in the brain and not in the body. This is just the most recent study to suggest that the brain is the primary source of chronic pain, such as TMJ. t's All In Your Head For the new [...]

By |October 15th, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on New Research Suggests Some People Just Made to Suffer Chronic Pain

TMJ Tinnitus Strikes Younger Women More

Tinnitus is as mysterious an illness as TMJ, and the two are frequently associated. TMJ is commonly listed as a potential cause of tinnitus, although there are disputes about whether TMJ actually causes tinnitus as well as the mechanism by which TMJ causes tinnitus. However, researchers have found substantial evidence that tinnitus associated [...]

By |October 14th, 2013|Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ Tinnitus Strikes Younger Women More

Trying to Decipher the Mysteries of TMJ & IBS

Last year, researchers announced the results of a groundbreaking study on TMJ. Called OPPERA (Orofacial Pain: Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment), the large study revealed many patterns that people had not suspected about the effects of TMJ. OPPERA revealed that people who suffer from TMJ are also likely to suffer from other chronic [...]

By |September 18th, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on Trying to Decipher the Mysteries of TMJ & IBS

How Long Does It Take to Get TMJ Relief with an Oral Splint?

If you are suffering with the symptoms of TMJ, you are probably eager to get relief from the headaches, jaw pain, and other problems. An oral splint is one treatment option that can provide you long-lasting relief from these symptoms, but it may take time to get full relief from all [...]

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How Common Is TMJ after a Car Accident?

If you are involved in a car accident, even a relatively minor one, your body is subject to tremendous forces. Although the car is designed to absorb much of the force, and accident countermeasures like seatbelts and airbags are designed to prevent you from suffering impact trauma, your body is still subjected to what is [...]

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TMJ Pain Leads to Reduced Bite Force

According to researchers at Duke University, TMJ jaw pain may lead to reduced bite force, which might make it hard for people to continue enjoying a full and varied diet. Fortunately, though, removal of pain leads to a restoration of bite force. Finding the Cause of TMJ Pain in Mice Researchers at Duke [...]

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Which Alternative Treatments Work for TMJ?

People suffering from jaw pain and other TMJ symptoms, such as restricted movement, headaches, , weand more are often desperate for relief. We see patients at the end of a long search for relief, having seen doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and other medical professionals trying to get relief from [...]

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CT and MRI Imaging Can Improve TMJ Diagnosis and Treatment

According to experts at the International RDC-TMD Consortium (RDC-TMD stands for Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders), CT and MRI scans can improve the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ, making them useful tools for dentists looking to help patients get relief from TMJ-related symptoms such as jaw pain and headaches. What [...]

By |July 30th, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on CT and MRI Imaging Can Improve TMJ Diagnosis and Treatment

Are You Suffering from Migraines or Something Else?

Medical professionals estimate that nearly 37 million Americans suffer from migraines; however, numerous more endure chronic headaches which occur as a result of other physical ailments. Although migraine sufferers often have trouble attaining consistent relief, others are more fortunate. To find out if your chronic headaches actually stem from a treatable physical problem, consider the [...]

By |July 22nd, 2013|Headache, Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Are You Suffering from Migraines or Something Else?

Severe Headaches Linked to Increased Stroke Risk

Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches which make it difficult for them to fulfill work obligations and other responsibilities. While many of these headaches occur without much warning, some come with telltale signs. Sadly, new research suggests that these signals may also be a sign of other serious issues that could be life [...]

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Is Exercise A Good Remedy for TMJ Disorder

Most people understand that exercise plays a big role in promoting good health. With that being said, it also has the ability to improve our lives in other ways. Research has shown that exercise can slow the aging process, improve mood and ease depression. Some people suggest that exercise could also offer pain relieving benefits; [...]

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Are Your TMD Headaches Making You Look Bad?

Numerous people suffer from migraines, which result in lost work time and canceled plans. Unfortunately, these people often feel as if they're unfairly judged. Recently, a team of researchers conducted a survey to see if people really held migraine sufferers in low esteem; and the results weren't very positive. A Clear Stigma Research out of [...]

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Can Hegu Relieve Your TMJ Pain?

No one wants to be in pain; however, for countless Americans chronic discomfort is a part of everyday life. Desperate for relief, many are willing to give virtually anything a try, including holistic treatments that offer big promises. Recently, the Wall Street Journal took a closer look at an alternative Chinese treatment that claims to [...]

By |July 1st, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on Can Hegu Relieve Your TMJ Pain?

Can Pilates Relieve Your TMJ Pain?

Because their afflictions often respond poorly to traditional medical treatments, people who suffer from chronic pain are sometimes willing to try any sort of alternative medicine. While some spend money on herbal supplements; others try holistic therapies, such as acupuncture, massage and meditation. Although some regard these alternative treatments as effective, studies have shown mixed [...]

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Can You Get TMJ Relief from Medications?

A frustrating condition that causes all sorts of trying symptoms, TMJ disorder can make life miserable. To get through each difficult day, many people rely on medications which relax muscle tissue and reduce pain. Sadly, these pills only provide short-term relief; they also tend to come with serious side-effects that leave people in search of [...]

By |June 9th, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on Can You Get TMJ Relief from Medications?

Can Anti-wrinkle Pillow Relieve TMJ Disorder?

While some rightfully regard temporomandibular joint disorder as a miserable cross to bear; others see it as a money-making opportunity. Countless companies market pills, drops, books and devices as miraculous cures for TMD. Sadly, however, these products almost always disappoint the desperate users who spend money on them. Taking Advantage Unfortunately, manufacturers know they can [...]

By |June 6th, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on Can Anti-wrinkle Pillow Relieve TMJ Disorder?

Can Exercises and Dietary Strategies Cure TMD?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can make life miserable by causing all sorts of unpleasant, debilitating symptoms. To cope, many sufferers lean heavily on pain medications which offer only short-term relief, while also causing some troubling potential side-effects. In search of non-medicinal TMD relief, some sufferers are willing to try anything; and some people have positioned [...]

By |May 28th, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on Can Exercises and Dietary Strategies Cure TMD?

Can Preventative Medications Cure Your TMD Headaches?

Migraine headaches plague millions of Americans, who will do just about anything to find relief. To reduce headache occurrence, many people take prescription medications on a daily basis. Recently, a team of researchers conducted a study to see if these drugs were doing their jobs effectively; and the results were somewhat disappointing. Minimal Impact After [...]

By |May 17th, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on Can Preventative Medications Cure Your TMD Headaches?

Are Your Chewing Habits a Sign of TMD?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a frustrating condition marked by seemingly unrelated symptoms that stem from one source cause. Most of the time, TMD sufferers experience jaw popping, jaw pain, chewing difficulties, facial tenderness, severe headaches and/or tinnitus. That said, a new study suggests that TMD sufferers may also demonstrate a tell-tale sign of the [...]

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Can Dronabinol Reduce Your TMJ Pain?

For decades, marijuana enthusiasts have bragged about the plant's supposed merits as a pain reliever. Now, a new study suggests the drug's main ingredient may in fact reduce certain types of pain, especially when it’s ingested in pill form. Dronabinol A team of psychiatrists from Columbia University in New York recently conducted a study which [...]

By |May 3rd, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on Can Dronabinol Reduce Your TMJ Pain?

Can an Herbal Supplement Offer TMD Relief?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a debilitating condition that can make life unpleasant. Unfortunately, the demand for safe, tolerable TMD remedies has caused numerous companies to create products that make bold claims. Relief in a Pill Bottle? When people suffer from physical ailments, companies line up to profit. Such is the case with TMD sufferers, [...]

By |April 16th, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on Can an Herbal Supplement Offer TMD Relief?

What Is the Best Way to Ease TMJ Pain?

Temporomandibular joint disorder plagues countless Americans, who find themselves in a constant struggle to find lasting relief. To help blunt their discomfort, many TMD sufferers rely on pain medications, which can have unwanted side-effects. Desperate for non-medicinal remedies, TMD sufferers are often willing to give anything a try. Sadly, this has opened the door for [...]

By |April 12th, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on What Is the Best Way to Ease TMJ Pain?

A Closer Look at TMJ Surgery

Temporomandibular joint disorder is a serious condition that can significantly impact a person's quality of life. While their friends and family enjoy their lives, TMD sufferers endure a myriad of debilitating symptoms, including jaw pain, chewing difficulties, headaches and more. Because they are desperate to get back to a normal, TMD patients are often willing [...]

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Using Your Smartphone to Treat Your TMD Pain?

Chronic pain is a big problem in America, where medications often cause more harm than good. Right now, doctors and state governments are struggling to combat a growing epidemic of prescription pain medication abuse. Unfortunately, over-the-counter drugs are also causing problems; in fact, right now, acetaminophen toxicity is the leading cause of liver failure in [...]

By |April 7th, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on Using Your Smartphone to Treat Your TMD Pain?

Modern Pain Treatments Often Miss Their Mark: Study

People who suffer from chronic pain endure days and nights filled with unending discomfort that makes them desperate for help. Unfortunately, a recent study suggests that modern pain treatments fail to hit their mark, because they're often too focused on one specific area of the body. Game-changing Research? A recent study suggests that most modern [...]

By |March 28th, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on Modern Pain Treatments Often Miss Their Mark: Study

Smoking Makes TMD Symptoms Worse: Study

Temporomandibular joint disorder can make life difficult by causing debilitating symptoms that interfere with just about everything. Headaches, jaw pain, chewing difficulties and other symptoms make it hard to work; they also make it nearly impossible for sufferers to enjoy everyday things most of us take for granted. By itself, TMD is [...]

By |March 20th, 2013|Headache, TMJ|Comments Off on Smoking Makes TMD Symptoms Worse: Study

Can You Get Lasting TMD Relief from Special Headbands?

TMJ disorder causes trying symptoms that make life nearly unbearable. Because temporomandibular joint disorder is so debilitating, sufferers are often pushed toward surgical procedures that make permanent changes to bone and tissue within the jaw joint. Since they are afraid of painful, invasive surgery, many TMD patients are willing to give holistic treatments a try. [...]

By |March 13th, 2013|TMJ|Comments Off on Can You Get Lasting TMD Relief from Special Headbands?

TMJ Surgery: A Drastic Option with Irreversible Outcomes

The temporomandibular joint is a very important area of the human body, because it plays a role in critical functions, such as talking and chewing. Unfortunately, when problems affect this particular part of the body, the impact can be serious. TMJ disorder affects countless Americans, who endure chronic pain, headaches, jaw locking, jaw [...]

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Is Stress Causing Your TMJ Pain?

Millions of Americans suffer from some type of unrelenting pain which challenges them on a daily basis. Studies suggest that certain people may be more prone to developing conditions that result in chronic pain; however, until recently, it wasn't clear why. Cortisol at Work? A study out of the University of Montreal has shed light [...]

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Aural Symptoms a Potential Sign of TMD: Study

People who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder experience a range of vague symptoms that are as confusing as they are unpleasant. Many times, people don't even realize they have TMD, because they fail to see a link between all their unpleasant symptoms. Study Shines Light on Aural Symptoms Temporomandibular joint disorder causes a myriad of [...]

By |March 1st, 2013|Tinnitus, TMJ|Comments Off on Aural Symptoms a Potential Sign of TMD: Study

TMD Related to Parental Depression: Study

Temporomandibular joint disorder is a frustrating condition marked by vague symptoms that can confuse patients and clinicians alike. Each day, it seems researchers uncover more and more interesting information associated with this debilitating disorder, with some pointing toward potential causes many hadn't considered. Parental Depression A Finnish study appears to indicate that parental depression may [...]

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TMD-Related Tinnitus: Is PTM the Only Solution?

Tinnitus is a trying condition marked by the perception of sound within the ear even in the absence of external noise. Unfortunately, many sufferers don't experience relief from traditional treatments, meaning they have no choice but to live with maddening sounds that can make life frustrating and unpleasant. Recently, a few researchers created a program [...]

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Is TMJ Disorder Causing Your Migraines?

TMJ disorder affects numerous Americans, who must cope with trying symptoms, such as pain, difficulty chewing and tinnitus. Many sufferers also endure migraine headaches that may or may not be associated with their conditions. Recently, a Brazilian study looked at the potential correlation between migraines and temporomandibular joint disorder, and the results appear to indicate [...]

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Can Lasers Provide TMD Relief?

Temporomandibular joint disorder is a big problem for countless Americans, who are forced to endure a daily battle against headaches, jaw pain, facial tenderness, chewing difficulties and/or ringing in the ears. Researchers have tested numerous different experimental treatments for TMD, with some showing promise and others proving unsuccessful. Recently, a group of researchers assessed the [...]

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TMJ Surgery Often Prescribed Based on Conjecture: Researchers

TMJ disorder affects numerous people by plaguing them with all sorts of trying symptoms that make it nearly impossible to enjoy a high quality of life. In search of help, many people often resort to temporomandibular joint surgery which is highly invasive and often unsuccessful. According to researchers at Australia's St. Vincent's Hospital, the role [...]

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Can Anesthesia and Physical Therapy Cure TMD?

TMJ disorder causes trying symptoms that can make it hard for people to meet their daily responsibilities. To deal with their debilitating symptoms, sufferers often try all sorts of remedies, from yoga to acupuncture to pain medications and more. Recently, a Brazilian study sought to test the efficacy of a combination therapy for [...]

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Is EMG Biofeedback a Practical TMD Treatment?

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a frustrating condition that leaves numerous Americans coping with headaches, facial swelling, chewing difficulties and jaw pain. In search of relief, many people are willing to give most anything a try. Unfortunately, alternative treatments such as acupuncture and massage usually fail to provide lasting results. That said, a new study indicates that [...]

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Should You Learn to Tolerate Your TMJ Pain?

Sleep is critical for every person; however, a new study indicates that it may be especially important to people who endure chronic pain. Unfortunately, lingering discomfort can promote sleeping difficulties that can make pain even worse in the long-term. Increasing Tolerance A new study suggests that sleep could help reduce the intensity of pain; however, [...]

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Relieving TMD Pain without Pain Medications

For many people, pain is a normal part of day-to-day life. Desperate for help, some resort to trying a variety of alternative remedies, such as massage, herbal supplements, acupuncture and more. With that being said, the vast majority of people use medications to reduce their pain. Recently, a relatively new medication showed the potential to [...]

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Open Presence Meditation: Can it Help with TMJ Pain?

TMJ disorder affects millions of people, who must cope with a host of trying symptoms, including difficulty chewing, ringing in the ears and chronic pain. For many, consistent pain can make life extremely unpleasant and even limit their ability to function at work or in social situations. Desperate for relief, some rely on drugs that [...]

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Companionship: Can it Relieve Your TMJ Pain?

Chronic pain is a fact of life for numerous Americans, who must struggle to do things most of us take for granted. In search of relief, many people have no choice but to rely on pain medications which can put their long-term health at risk. Because they worry about the lasting effects of these drugs, [...]

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TMJ Pain Relief Via the Internet?

For many, chronic pain doesn't just take an unpleasant toll on their bodies; it prevents them from functioning well in day-to-day life. For some of these people, consistent social interaction just isn't a realistic option. Fortunately, new research indicates that blogging may help sufferers decrease feelings of isolation and attain valuable support from people in [...]

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Somatic Treatments: Can They Relieve TMJ Pain?

TMJ disorder is a trying condition that generates substantial pain, which can make life difficult. Desperate for relief, many people choose surgery to try to alleviate their symptoms. Unfortunately, this can be very painful and invasive. What's more, many times, surgical procedures fail to prove effective, resulting in a significant amount of downtime for no [...]

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Social Interaction: Can it Alleviate TMJ Pain?

TMJ pain is a significant problem for numerous Americans, who have trouble enjoying even simple things, such as talking to family and friends or eating their favorite foods. In search of relief, many people turn to a variety or alternative treatments, as well as lifestyle changes aimed at reducing the intensity of pain. Recently, new [...]

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Could Your Depression Be Caused by TMD Pain?

Every year, physicians diagnose numerous patients with chronic depression; however, new research suggests that, in many of these cases, the actual problem could be related to chronic pain. Depression or Pain? New research conducted at the Veterans Affairs’ Neuropsychology Testing Laboratory indicates that physicians may be misdiagnosing patients who are demonstrating somatic symptoms of depression. [...]

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Acupuncture a Good Treatment for TMJ Disorder?

A recent study suggests that acupuncture does offer at least some degree of pain relief; however, the treatment isn't likely to provide lasting help for people who suffer from TMJ disorder. Help with Some Pain To assess acupuncture's efficacy for treating pain, researchers combined results from 29 studies that included a total of 18,000 patients [...]

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TMD Pain Especially Debilitating: Study

Because temporomandibular disorder (TMD) affects the muscles that control the jaw, it can make it difficult for sufferers to function comfortably in their day to day lives. That said, until recently, it wasn't necessarily clear just how debilitating this condition can be. High Disability Pain According to new research, people who suffer from chronic orofacial [...]

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Do You Have Migraines, TMJ Disorder or Both?

Millions of Americans suffer from migraine headaches, which can cause debilitating symptoms, such as severe pain, nausea, temporary blindness, numbness and sensitivity to sound and light. That said, while some people believe they are getting migraine headaches, many are actually suffering from TMJ disorder, a medical condition that causes inflammation in the muscles that [...]

By |August 21st, 2012|Migraine, TMJ|Comments Off on Do You Have Migraines, TMJ Disorder or Both?

Research May Make TMJ Disorder Easier to Predict

Numerous Americans suffer from TMJ disorder; however, it can be difficult for health professionals to determine who is at risk for developing the condition. Now, thanks to a new study, clinicians may be able to better assess which patients could require treatment down the road. Predicting TMJ Disorder? Recently, a group of researchers at the [...]

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Thinking Positively May Reduce TMJ Pain, According to Study – Treatment Works Better

People often say that the pain they feel every day is all in the mind. According to a recent study published in the journal Pain, people may have the ability to train themselves how to block their daily pain from their minds, giving them less discomfort during the day and better quality of sleep at [...]

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TMJ Relief Not Found Through Acupuncture: Study

Every day, numerous Americans endure symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), a chronic condition resulting in pain and inflammation throughout the entire body. Although TMD originates in the joint that connects the skull to the mandible, many sufferers experience a range of symptoms, including back pain, headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears and [...]

By |June 27th, 2012|TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ Relief Not Found Through Acupuncture: Study

Can Positive Thinking Reduce TMJ Pain?

Have you ever had someone tell you the pain you might be feeling everyday is all in your mind? According to a new study published in the journal Pain, those who suffer from chronic pain in their day-to-day lives might experience better sleep and less discomfort during the day by training themselves to spend less [...]

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Is Low-Level Laser Therapy a New Alternative to Treatment of TMD?

In the search to find new forms of treatment for temporomandibular disorder (TMD), there have been multiple studies suggesting that low-level laser therapy (LLLT) may or may not be an alternative treatment for the jaw disorder. TMD, or TMJ disorder, occurs when a person’s bite is not aligned properly. Because the jaw muscle [...]

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It Takes More Than a Pillow to Relieve Your TMJ Pain

Recently, a company by the name of Deluxe Comfort began marketing a pillow designed for side sleepers to those who are suffering from severe TMJ pain. Called the Better Sleep Pillow, the product’s unique design and memory foam construction is said to relieve TMJ pain throughout the night by straightening and correctly supporting the spine. [...]

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TMJ Animation to Better Understand the Relationship Between the Teeth and Jaw

Though thousands suffer from it, TMJ is still a misunderstood health condition that few medical professionals are able to diagnose. Patients rarely understand the complexity of TMD and instead rely on at-home methods to treat their painful TMJ symptoms. In many cases, the relationship between the teeth and the jaw is widely overlooked; but when [...]

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TMJ: Painful and Possibly Deadly?

It seems reasonable that a problem within the jaw joint, such as an imbalance or misalignment, would cause pains and aches in the jaw, face and other surrounding areas. But would you also think that this condition, better known as TMJ, can also be deadly? In the case of one TMJ sufferer, the condition could [...]

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At-home TMJ Treatment is Only a Temporary Solution

A recent article published by Fox News provides details on how TMJ is a common dental problem. Studies have shown that thousands, if not millions of people unknowingly suffer from TMJ disorder. While the condition is common to say the least, TMJ still stands as one of the most widely misunderstood and underdiagnosed [...]

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A Famous Celebrity’s TMJ Experience Raises Awareness

Despite being widely-diagnosed in many patients, temporomandibular disorder remains a relatively unknown and misunderstood health problem. Many Americans suffer from the painful symptoms of TMJ that make life unenjoyable, and often these symptoms never go away until proper treatment is sought. Just recently, well-known country music singer LeAnne Rimes had treatment for her TMJ which [...]

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What Really Causes TMJ?

To society and health professionals alike, TMJ remains a widely misunderstood and understudied condition. TMJ causes common pains, such as neck, facial, and jaw pain, along with headaches, which are all problems that aren’t abnormal to most people. However, when such symptoms remain for a period of time, there is obviously an underlying [...]

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TMJ Study Reveals Some Answers and the Need for More Research

Even now, in a world where medical advances continue to grow and expand, TMJ Disorder still stands as a widely misunderstood and highly complex dental health condition; however, a recent study regarding painful jaw problems and chronic pain has shed some light on treating and preventing the disorder. The study, which was published in the [...]

By |February 22nd, 2012|TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ Study Reveals Some Answers and the Need for More Research

Preventing TMJ Through Early Detection and Treatment

Although many people remain unaware of TMJ, studies suggest that thousands of people may suffer from the disorder. Though it remains relatively unknown, TMJ can be a life altering problem; however, the condition can be avoided through early detection and immediate treatment. Patients who grind or clench their teeth while sleeping should make a trip [...]

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Is Symphatic Therapy a Reliable Treatment For TMJ?

Commonly, massages are used to relax the body, lower stress and relieve certain ailments that may be discomforting or even painful. An example of such therapy is symphatic therapy, a manual therapy that aims to assist in inducing the body to drain the lymphatic system. Symphatic therapy is sometimes used to help reduce and treat [...]

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Cranial Sacral Therapy: TMJ Symptom Relief?

If you suffer from TMJ, you’re probably well aware of the uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms the condition brings about. As the body naturally fights to realign and rebalance the jaw, the tension and stress causes migraine-like headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, facial pain, and other symptoms that come and go, [...]

By |December 28th, 2011|TMJ|Comments Off on Cranial Sacral Therapy: TMJ Symptom Relief?

Is ETPS Therapy Helpful For TMJ Symptoms?

TMJ is known to cause constant jaw, neck and facial pain and even ringing in the ears. Generally, patients who suffer from TMJ seek out treatment options that promise pain relief. One type of therapy that patients may come across and subsequently try is Electro Therapeutic Point Stimulation (ETPS) therapy. ETPS therapy involves [...]

By |December 6th, 2011|TMJ|Comments Off on Is ETPS Therapy Helpful For TMJ Symptoms?

Hypnosis And TMJ – Improvement Is Not Treatment

Hypnosis has been used for decades in the world of alternative treatments. Some say that by using hypnosis - or making someone “sleepy” - the brain becomes more aware, focused, and receptive. Hypnosis has become a very popular alternative method for patients seeking a natural therapy with little to no side effects. Most recently, hypnosis [...]

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Wearing Orthotic Shoes To Treat TMJ

Finding a permanent treatment for common TMJ symptoms, such as headaches, migraines, jaw pain, neck pain, and facial pain can be a daunting task, as many of the most common treatments available are temporary and don’t provide lasting relief. TMJ symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable, and for patients who suffer from the condition, finding relief [...]

By |November 22nd, 2011|Home Care, TMJ|Comments Off on Wearing Orthotic Shoes To Treat TMJ

TENS – Pain Relief From TMJ Symptoms But Not A Fix

If you suffer from TMJ, you know that finding relief from TMJ symptoms is extremely important, but for many the search never ends. The fact is that there are plenty of things that can be used to help treat the neck, jaw, and facial pain caused by TMJ Disorder. One pain relief treatment that TMJ [...]

By |November 16th, 2011|TMJ|Comments Off on TENS – Pain Relief From TMJ Symptoms But Not A Fix

Alternative TMJ Treatments

The symptoms and side effects of TMJ disorder vary from patient to patient though in the end many times patients are left dealing with chronic pain and are unable to do everyday tasks, such as eating and talking, without experiencing discomfort. Those with untreated TMJ often suffer from headaches, muscle spasms, tinnitus, dizziness, jaw pain, [...]

By |October 20th, 2011|TMJ|Comments Off on Alternative TMJ Treatments

TMJ, Chewing, And The Overwhelming Problems of A Bad Bite

Chewing and eating are actions that our body is able to complete almost automatically. When you eat you don’t have to stop and think to open your mouth and then close it, and then to continue to chew, and we certainly don’t usually think about which side of our mouth to chew on. Researchers say [...]

By |September 28th, 2011|TMJ|Comments Off on TMJ, Chewing, And The Overwhelming Problems of A Bad Bite

Exostosis, A Bony Growth In Your Gums

If you look in your mouth and you see boney growths beneath your gums on your upper or lower jaw, you may be asking yourself “What are these things? Are they dangerous? What’s causing them to form and why are they getting bigger?” These growths may be tori (also called “exostosis”). This is what a [...]

By |June 24th, 2011|TMJ|Comments Off on Exostosis, A Bony Growth In Your Gums

Chronic Pain and TMJ

Recently the Women's Advocates organization has called for the Institute of Medicine to put money, time, and effort towards confronting and ending the problem of chronic pain for women. Chronic pain is caused by a variety of different conditions that are not the most widely understood or diagnosed, including TMJ disorder. Those who suffer from [...]

By |May 18th, 2011|Chronic Pain, TMJ|Comments Off on Chronic Pain and TMJ
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