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The Dangers of Untreated TMJ Dysfunction

​ Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, also known as TMD or TMJD, is a term used to describe a group of jaw conditions that cause a range of painful symptoms, including headaches; facial pain; jaw pain; sore, chipped, broken or worn teeth; clicking or popping in the jaw; and limited jaw movement. TMJ dysfunction affects an estimated 10 million Amer...
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TMJD Trigger

​ You wore braces, and your teeth look perfect. You don't have bad oral habits, such as chewing on pen caps or biting your nails. You don't even grind or clench your teeth during sleep. You've never had a jaw injury. So, why do you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction? Your painful TMJD could be caused by something you may not even be aware of:...
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Skip the Summer Sideline

  The hot summer is right around the corner. And, while you may not love the sweltering days, you probably love summer. Why? Summer is a great time to relax, reduce stress and have fun. But, summer can also not be a ton of fun if temporomandibular joint dysfunction sidelines you. For some people, summer can mean a flare in their TMJD symptoms,...
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Head Pain? Heed This

​ Are you frequently waking up with headaches? Is it sinus congestion? Stress? The nightcap you had before bed? What if it was caused by something you never considered: jaw dysfunction? Waking up with a headache could be a sign of TMJD, also known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction. TMJD is defined as a group of conditions that cause dysfunctio...
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RA or TMD?

Around 1.5 million Americans are living with a painful autoimmune condition known as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is the result of immune system attacks on the body's joints, which causes inflammation, pain, stiffness and even loss of use in some instances. RA can affect all the joints of the body - including the jaw. "The joints of the jaw are af...
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SPG Block for Headaches and Migraines: How Does it Work?

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​ Nearly half of all Americans experience some forms of headaches, making it one of the most common disorders of the nervous system. As it turns out, migraines and headaches are also very prevalent among people suffering from temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, disorders. Sphenopalatine ganglion block , also known as SPG block, has emerged as one of t...
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Can Anxiety Cause TMJD?

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​ Most people don't realize it, but stress, anxiety and temporomandibular joint pain are all related. Both anxiety and TMJ pain have symptoms that are very much alike and can easily be mistaken for each other. While it's not uncommon to see people experiencing these symptoms together, can anxiety actually be the cause of your TMJ disorder and pain?...
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This Could Be the Culprit for Jaw Pain

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​ Jaw pains can manifest in different forms. It could be something like a dull ache or, in extreme cases, a stabbing sensation. While it can show up all of a sudden, it can also start off as a mild pain before the intensity amps up. Whatever the level of your jaw pain, you'll surely experience some form of discomfort - and you'll want to get over t...
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Can Bad Posture Cause Jaw Pain and TMJ?

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​ Many people don't realize it, but there is a strong link between temporomandibular joint pain and poor posture. Now consider how certain modern-day activities can easily prompt posture problems. The bulk of our days are spent sitting in front of a screen - we are either slouching in front of the computer at work or on the couch with a smartphone ...
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Dealing With a Misaligned Jaw

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​ The temporomandibular joint is a ball and socket joint that's put to work whenever we talk, breathe, eat and drink. It helps to move the jaw around without causing pain, inflammation or any of those symptoms that come with TMJ disorders. As it turns out, the daily wear and tear the TMJ experiences makes it more susceptible to inflammation and mis...
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Can TMJD Go Away on Its Own?

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​ Some 10 million Americans are believed to be affected by temporomandibular joint disorder , or TMJDs. TMJD symptoms commonly include pain or tenderness of the jaw, pain in both or either of the temporomandibular joints, pain in or around the ear, pain or difficulty with chewing, and locked joints that may make opening or closing the mouth difficu...
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4 Little-Known Symptoms

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​ For most people, the first things that come to mind at the mention of a temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, disorder are the common symptoms: jaw pain, clicking and popping, and difficulty chewing. As it turns out, TMJ symptoms are not restricted to just these few, and some of the lesser-known symptoms may actually seem unrelated. Because of this, T...
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6 Tips to Make the Most of TMJ Treatments

​ Tempormandibular joint, or TMJ, disorder usually causes a lot of pain and discomfort in the jaw and surrounding areas. We'll help you get to the root of this problem and help you find some relief from your TMJ symptoms in no time. However, there are a few tips you may want to consider to help you help yourself. These six valuable tips can help yo...
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Why More Women Are Seeking This Treatment Than Men

​ You had probably never heard a thing about temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, disorder until your dentist told you it's the reason behind those headaches, muscle pain and the popping sounds you hear when you close or open your mouth. In the United States alone, more than 10 million people suffer from TMJ, and women account for over 90 percent of th...
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3 Million People Every Year?!

​ Over 3 million people in the United States are diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorders each year. This joint is located on each side of the jaw, connecting it to the skull via a sliding hinge-type joint. What Is TMJ Disorder? This complex joint can become inflamed and damaged for a variety of reasons. This can be extremely painful and ma...
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What Is Malocclusion?

You may have heard the word before at your dentist, but have you ever wondered what malocclusion actually is? The word malocclusion means "bad bite," and it refers to the way the teeth and jaw fit together when the mouth is closed. If things don't fit correctly, this is considered malocclusion. It can lead to pain in the jaw, teeth, ears, head and ...
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Jaw Surgery Is Usually NOT the Answer

Our jaws are one of the most complicated moving parts in our bodies. There is cartilage, bone, muscle and even nerves that all play a role in how the jaw functions on a day-to-day basis. When there's a problem with any part of the jaw, it can cause pain that can even show up in the ears, head, face, neck and shoulders. Unfortunately, many doctors a...
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Bad Habits That Cause Jaw Pain and How to Stop Doing Them

We all have habits in our life we know aren’t good for us, but when they begin to cause us actual pain, it’s time to do something about it. For those who suffer from untreated TMJ disorder, jaw pain is a regular part of life. Read on to learn about habits that can make the pain worse and cause more problems for your jaw. 

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Understanding Jaw Pain

Chronic and even occasional facial and jaw pain can be frustrating, especially if you aren’t sure what’s causing it. The jaw joint is one you use more often than many of the other joints in the body. It can affect eating, speaking and even breathing. In most cases, jaw pain is a sign of a dental problem, but in more extreme situations, it can signal a heart attack, especially in women.

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Neuromuscular Dentistry: A Balanced Approach

We often don’t realize how valuable something is to us until it becomes painful or difficult to use. This is especially true when it comes to our mouths, since they’re responsible for so much of our day-to-day life including chewing, swallowing, speaking, yawning, singing and even kissing. If even one part of the highly complex oral and maxillofacial (the jaws and face) area is compromised, it can cause pain or discomfort every time a simple action such as yawning or chewing is attempted. This is precisely where a neuromuscular dentist like Dr. Buck makes all the difference by taking a balanced approach.

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DR. BUCK'S PHILOSOPHY

Epigenetic Orthodontics can open and protect the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

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WOW! A 54% decrease in forward head posture; 164% increase in the antero-posterior size of the airway; 176% increase in the lateral size of the airway all from epigenetically centered jaw development orthopedics. This is the future of orthodontics!​
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