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The number of abbreviations in medicine and dentistry is amazing.  In this short post I am going to give only a small number of definitions routinely utilized in literature and culture concerning TMJ disorders, often called “the Geat Imposter”  This will be an open Blog and will be added to over time.  Please come back and visit and if you …

TMJ and Migraines: New article supports concept of migraine developing from Musculoskeletal causes

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A recent article in Cephalgia (PubMed abstract below) clearly explains how there is a reciprical (two way) relationship between TMJ disorders, Musculoskeetal Disorders and Migraine. In the conclusions the article states: “These dysfunctions support a reciprocal interaction between the trigeminal and the cervical systems as a trait symptom in migraine.” While TMJ disorders (TMD) are not specifically listed the musculoskeletal …

Do You Think Your Headaches & Migraines Are Just From Stress?

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Do You Think Your Headaches & Migraines Are Just From Stress? Think Again! Do you experience chronic pain, especially headaches and migraines? You may think, like most people, that the cause is simply from the stressors of daily life. After all, most of us are often under a tremendous amount of stress. It’s only logical to connect the two together. …

Long Dental Appointments can cause TMJ issues

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A trip to the dentist can cause your TMJ problem to exacerbate, especially if it is a long visit or includes extraction of wisdom teeth. While trauma to TM Joints is often blamed on the dentist the real problem may be the extended wide opening of the jaw procedures require. There are many reasons for the development of TMJ disorders. …

SPG Blocks lecture in Buenos Aires Presentation

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SPG Blocks lecture in Buenos Aires from Ira Shapira 1. ICCMO THE INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF CRANIOMANDIBULAR ORTHOPEDICS BUENOS AIRES MARCH 2017 • SPHENOPALATINE GANGLION BLOCKS • Ira L Shapira DDS, FICCMO, D,ABDSM, D,AAPM 2. Sphenopalatine Ganglion Pterygopalatine Ganglion Meckels Ganglion Nasal Ganglion Sluder’s Ganglion 3. Parasympathetic Ganglia of Head 4. Anatomy PterygoPalatine Fossa SphenoPalatine Ganglion • The Trigeminal Nerve is …

Ozone Therapy and Myofascial Trigger Point Injections for Masticatory Muscle Pain

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A brand new article in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation reports on the efficacy of Ozone Therapy for treating Myofascial Mucle Pain in TMJ Patients. (abstract below) Treatment of Orofacial Pain with Ozone Therapy vs Trigger Point Injections. I utilize Ozone Therapy for my knees with ozone injections giving amazing relief and improved function. I personally do not find it …

Vasomotor Rhinitis Treatment with SPG Block

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Vasomotor Rhinitis and Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block Watery rhinorrhea that is easily triggered can be incredibly annoying as the nose apparently runs freely for no reason. Additionally, the symptom of watery rhinorrhea can triggered by hot/spicy food, cold air, and especially by cycling even in not so cold air. Bikers can find this symptom extremely annoying as can long distance runners, …

CHICAGO: ALF Appliance: An Orthopedic Option

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The ALF Appliance is an Orthopedic Growth Appliance that has a low profile in the mouth. They are utilized for Maxillary expansion, Treatment of TMJ Disorders, Finishing Physiologic Cases, Treating Snoring and Sleep Apnea and other issues. I used Crozat Appliances for years and the ALF or Advances Lightwire Functional Appliance is very similar. It is a deceptively simple appliance, …

Chicago Airway Treatment: DNA Appliance and mRNA Appliance

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  Epigenetic Orthodontics is the single most exciting advancement in dentistry today. The DNA Appliance is the work horse of Epigenetic Orthodontics and was developed by Dr David Singh based on NIH research. While we call it epigenetic orthodontics a more accurate name would be epigenetic orthopedics because it actually grows and reshapes and idealizes the bone rather than just ...