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The Trigeminal Nerve

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March 11th, 2015 by A Life of Smiles

The Trigeminal Nerve As the tri in its name implies, the trigeminal nerve has three branches: the ophthalmic (eyes), the maxillary (mouth), and the mandibular (jaw). These three branches are responsible for a majority of the muscle function and sensation in the face, which is why pressure placed on this nerve from TMJ can produce …..

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Dealing with TMJ Headaches

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March 11th, 2015 by A Life of Smiles

Michigan Cosmetic, General & Sedation Dentistry TMJ headaches can be debilitating. Similar to migraine and tension headaches, those caused by TMJ often find people reaching for over-the-counter or prescription medications. However, because TMJ headaches are caused by a misalignment of the jaw, pain medications serve only to mask the pain – they are not capable …..

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Can Hot & Cold Packs Treat TMJ?

The TMJ Association reports that 64 percent of respondents to a recent survey stated they had tried thermal therapy (hot and cold compresses) to deal with painful TMJ symptoms. Of these respondents, 74 percent claimed hot and cold compresses helped relieve discomfort, though only for a short period of time. Thermal therapy may be very …..

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When Should You See a Doctor about Possible TMJ Disorder?

The symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD)—which include recurring headaches, jaw soreness, and difficulty biting and chewing—can be vague and may be associated with other conditions, making it difficult for patients to understand what is causing their discomfort. The Grand Rapids dentists at A Life of Smiles have extensive success helping patients find …..

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What Are Common TMJ Symptoms?

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February 25th, 2015 by A Life of Smiles

One of the most frustrating things for our patients in Grand Rapids is that TMJ symptoms are easily confused with symptoms of other conditions. The signs of TMJ can be chalked up to a number of other causes, and that makes it tempting to avoid seeing the dentist to have your jaw and bite alignment …..