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Can Hot & Cold Packs Treat TMJ?

The TMJ Association reports that 64 percent of respondents to a recent survey stated they had tried thermal therapy (hot and cold compresses) to deal with painful TMJ symptoms. Of these respondents, 74 percent claimed hot and cold compresses helped relieve discomfort, though only for a short period of time. Thermal therapy may be very… Read More »


When Should You See a Doctor about Possible TMJ Disorder?

The symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD)—which include recurring headaches, jaw soreness, and difficulty biting and chewing—can be vague and may be associated with other conditions, making it difficult for patients to understand what is causing their discomfort. The Grand Rapids dentists at A Life of Smiles have extensive success helping patients find… Read More »


Headaches, TMJ and How Your Grand Rapids Dentist can Help

Temporomandibular joint disorder (also referred to as TMJ or TMD) is a common condition that can cause recurring, migraine-like headaches and other painful symptoms. Yet it is often misdiagnosed by physicians who lack training in the field of neuromuscular dentistry. The Grand Rapids dentists at A Life of Smiles have extensive experience helping patients find… Read More »


What Happens if TMJ Goes Untreated?

Severe headaches, recurring neck pain, jaw tension.. these are just a few of the serious—and painful—symptoms that can occur with temporomandibular joint disease (TMD or TMJ). Millions of people suffer from the disorder and are very familiar with the pain and discomfort it can cause. Treatment is available, yet too many people wait to have… Read More »


What is the difference between TMJ versus TMD?

That’s a question we hear a lot. Here are the definitions and how the two terms differ: TMJ TMJ is an abbreviation for the anatomical term temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular is the joint formed where the upper jaw (maxillary) and lower (mandible) jaw meet. The joints are comprised of muscles, tendons, and bones and they… Read More »