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#22 TMD: “Nothing Can Be Done About IT”

The greatest problem with TMD is the consensus, among doctors and patients alike, that nothing can be done about it.  Half of all dentists turn patients away who arrive with the diagnosis.  The other half prescribe a night guard (occlusal guard) and tell the patient it will help with TMD symptoms knowing that it doesn’t, […]

#20 The Importance of the Device Protocol

When patients hear about the Urbanek Device, whether from a referring doctor, a friend, previous patient, or the internet, they usually immediately relate to using similar devices which fit in the mouth.  Maybe they have used a mouth guard during sports, or a retainer after orthodontic care.  Patients are generally not turned off by placing […]

#16 Bruxism and TMD/TMJ

Bruxism is the technical and scientific term used to describe clenching and/or grinding of the teeth due to involuntary motion of the lower jaw. Bruxism can occur during the day, Awake Bruxism (AB) or at night, Night Bruxism (NB). Bruxism is very common, and it is estimated that roughly half the population bruxes and most […]

#14 TMD and Misinformation: Antidepressants will Fix TMD

This is the 5th in a series of articles on common misinformation and misconceptions about treating TMD. Antidepressants are commonly prescribed in the 21st Century. According to one study in 2020, “During 2015–2018, 13.2% of Americans aged 18 and over reported taking antidepressant medication in the past 30 days. Antidepressant use was higher among women than men […]

#13 The Wise Old Doctor and TMD

The consensus among everyone, the patients, the physicians, and the dentists, who deal with the symptoms of TMD/TMJ is that “Nothing Works”.  I recently had a conversation with a very well known and highly professionally placed orthodontist who quoted his orthodontic professor and mentor as saying: “The best way to treat a TMJ patient is […]

#10 TMD and Misinformation: Botox is a valid treatment for TMD

This is the second article in a series addressing misinformation regarding TMD/TMJ. Botox is an injectable pharmaceutical derived from Clostridium Botulinum Type A Neurotoxin.  Clostridium Botulinum is a bacteria which produces its neurotoxin primarily in environments without oxygen. (Anaerobic).  This neurotoxin when ingested, even in small quantities, can cause respiratory failure, body paralysis, and death. […]