Posts Tagged ‘ TMJ ’

Relief from Chronic Headaches

Michigan Cosmetic, General & Sedation Dentistry In many cases, people choose to deal with chronic headaches by taking medications. Unfortunately, headaches that occur several times a month often indicate a more serious underlying problem – one that clearly cannot be corrected with analgesics. If you are tired of simply addressing the pain of headaches without… Read More »

  • Posted on: Mar 12 2015

TMJ Headaches and Holiday Stress

Michigan Cosmetic, General & Sedation Dentistry Holiday stress can give anyone a headache. But if you suffer from TMJ, these headaches may be more than a slight discomfort. TMJ headaches are similar to migraines in their often debilitating pain. Unfortunately, stress-induced reactions such as tooth grinding and jaw clenching make TMJ worse – even if… Read More »

  • Posted on: Mar 12 2015

The Trigeminal Nerve

The Trigeminal Nerve As the tri in its name implies, the trigeminal nerve has three branches: the ophthalmic (eyes), the maxillary (mouth), and the mandibular (jaw). These three branches are responsible for a majority of the muscle function and sensation in the face, which is why pressure placed on this nerve from TMJ can produce… Read More »

  • Posted on: Mar 11 2015

Dealing with TMJ Headaches

Michigan Cosmetic, General & Sedation Dentistry TMJ headaches can be debilitating. Similar to migraine and tension headaches, those caused by TMJ often find people reaching for over-the-counter or prescription medications. However, because TMJ headaches are caused by a misalignment of the jaw, pain medications serve only to mask the pain – they are not capable… Read More »

  • Posted on: Mar 11 2015

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 »

  • Posted on: Feb 25 2015

What Are Common TMJ Symptoms?

One of the most frustrating things for our patients in Grand Rapids is that TMJ symptoms are easily confused with symptoms of other conditions. The signs of TMJ can be chalked up to a number of other causes, and that makes it tempting to avoid seeing the dentist to have your jaw and bite alignment… Read More »

  • Posted on: Feb 25 2015

Resolve to Break these Bad Habits that can Damage Your Teeth

When making New Year’s resolutions, many people focus on health-related changes, such as losing weight or eating healthier. But don’t forget that your oral health is directly linked to your overall health, and halting bad habits like teeth grinding or smoking can help protect both your dental health and systemic health.

  • Posted on: Feb 25 2015

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 »

  • Posted on: Feb 24 2015

What Causes Toothaches?

One of the most common causes of toothaches is decay; however, this is not always the source of tooth pain. Chronic toothaches can be also caused by several other factors, such as: A recent facial injury – A blow to the face may have cracked or fractured one of your teeth. Bruxism – If you… Read More »

  • Posted on: Feb 24 2015

TMJ Treatment

12 Days of Christmas – Day 4 On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… relief from TMJ Recurring neck pain, headaches, jaw tension, and mouth soreness may be symptoms of a serious disorder called TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome. TMJ encompasses many jaw misalignment problems and affects millions of Americans.… Read More »

  • Posted on: Feb 22 2015