12-17-2009

Migraine Headaches, TMJ, Grinding Teeth, Vertigo, Facial Pain,Chronic Jaw Muscle Tension, Bite Problems, Malocclusion in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont, Emeryville, Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, Walnut Creek

Every year, countless dollars are spent on over-the-counter headache medications such as Advil, Tylenol, Alleve, and Excedrin, not to mention the prescription medications such as Imitrex and others.  Tension headaches are from tension in the muscles of the head and neck.  So what makes these muscles tense? One common cause…

12-17-2009

Headaches, TMJ, Grinding Teeth, Vertigo, Facial Pain,Chronic Jaw Muscle Tension, Bite Problems, Malocclusion in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont, Emeryville, Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, Walnut Creek

In nearly every case of TMJ I have seen, there is some form of airway obstruction.  Either a narrow airway in the throat, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, allergies, sinus problems, deviated septum or small mouth with limited tongue space. Many researchers believe that airway obstruction in one form or another…

02-01-2006

17 Year Headache

I recently saw a new patient who came in complaining that he had been in pain for 17 years. Every day he would take Advil, Tylenol, and other over-the-counter pain meds all day long. He could not sleep. He did not smile. He always had a headache–a severe headache. When…

01-18-2006

Dentistry as Medicine

Research shows that certain dental treatments can improve conditions that have previously been considered only medical. What do headaches and heart disease have to do with dentistry? Dr. Janet Travel, who was the White House physician for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, estimated that up to 90% of pain in the…