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07-05-2011

TMJ Treatment for Bay Area Residents

Do you suffer from headaches?  Do your jaw muscles feel overworked?  Do you have a clicking sound in your TMJ (the joint just in front of  your ear)?  Does your bite feel strained?  Are your teeth wearing out? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions you…

02-17-2010

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Solutions without CPAP in Piedmont, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, San Leandro, Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, C

As one of the few dentists in the San Francisco Bay Area that treats TMJ/TMD, I have learned something that is apparent in nearly every case. TMJ is a symptom of an underlying problem. That problem is almost always some form of airway obstruction. There are exceptions to every rule…

01-31-2010

Don’t Extract Teeth for Orthodontics!

Does Extracting Teeth for Orthodontics Cause TMJ and Sleep Apnea? Our Piedmont practice treats orthodontic cases with Invisalign for patients in Piedmont, Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek and throughout entire San Francisco Bay Area. Because my dental practice is one of the few offices in the San…

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…

11-18-2008

Do Cosmetic Dentists Do “Regular Dentistry?” Yes!

50% of our cases are porcelain veneer cases. But the other 50% is general dentistry, including oral conscious sedation for phobic patients, TMJ treatment, full mouth rehabilitation–including cases of collapsed vertical dimension, Invisalign, athletic mouth guards, whitening, crowns, bridges, non-surgical perio treatment, extractions, root canals, partial dentures, and implants. And…

08-11-2008

I have been carefully following the development of the Pure Power Mouthguard. A colleague in Nova Scotia developed the PPM using the same principles that I use in my practice to treat TMJ and to rebuild entire mouths. I was initially hesitant to get involved because everything PPM is doing…

12-30-2007

The economy and dental practice

The economy seems to be on everyone’s mind these days. Some news reports use phrases such as “global credit crisis,” “recession,” “inflation,” “stagnation,” and “stagflation.” Other news says the economy has never been better. Some businesses, relying upon discretionary income, may be concerned that the upcoming period may not as…

02-05-2007

Ultimate Preventive Dentistry

We have all wondered what to do to prevent our children from having dental problems. Mostly dentists and parents discuss brushing, flossing, fluoride, and check ups. Is that all that can be done? What about preventing problems such as TMJ/TMD, the need for orthodontics, and the need for wisdom teeth…