What to Do When Your Doctor Doesn’t Believe Your Pain

  One of the most maddening things you could ever hear as a patient is, “I don’t know what’s wrong with you, maybe it’s all in your head.” Putting aside the obvious (and really tired) joke that, yes, it IS in my head, there is nothing funny about that statement. When you are struggling with…

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Finding a Safe Dental Practice

Patient safety must be an essential component of high quality oral health care, but how do you know that your dentist is providing an environment that decreases your risk of injury or harm during the delivery of that care? It is important to look for “Red flags”. The more red flags you notice, the higher the…

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How to Find a TMJ Dentist

    It is important to remember when searching for a dentist to treat your TMD that according to the NIH “there are no certifications in dentistry or any other medical field specifically to specialize in TMJ”. What that means is the title of “TMJ Specialist” is a self proclaimed title rather than one that…

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Dreading Your Trip to the Dentist? Tips for Survival for TMJ Disorder Patients

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When you have jaw pain and a difficult time opening and/or closing your mouth, just thinking about going to the dentist to get a cleaning or have a cavity filled is enough to fill you with anxiety. Here are some tips we’ve gathered over the years that will make your visit easier. Tips to keep…

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Interview with Dr. Truelove – People Who Give Us Hope

Out of all the questions & comments we receive here at TMJ Hope, one in particular stands out. Why have hope? What exactly is there to be hopeful for? When you have chronic pain, sometimes it is difficult to think too far in the future. Especially when you are first diagnosed with TMJ disorder, it’s…

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How to…Prepare for Your First TMJ Dentist or Doctor Appointment

Before the Appointment If this is a specialist, make sure you have obtained the proper referrals from your primary care doctor Call the specialist as soon as you have the referral in your hand to see what their process is for new patients. Some specialists need a lot of paperwork, records, and will not see…

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How to Choose the Right TMJ Dentist or Doctor

Choosing the Right TMJ Disorder Doctor – Part One First, if you have not had a chance to read part one of this series, here is a summary of it: Research your area – Make a list of all the doctors near you that could be candidates. Prioritize your needs – What qualities are important…

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Finding the Right TMJ Dentist

Finding the right TMJ dentist can be really difficult. We don’t know how many times we’ve been stuck after moving to a new city or having to find a new type of specialist.  Take a look at our new article, hopefully it will help make your search easier! Finding the Right TMJ Dentist or Doctor…

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