TMJ Arthroplasty Success Story

Thank you Pete for allowing us to share your forum post. It’s now almost 2 years to the day that I had my left arthroplasty with discectomy, debridement of joint surfaces and dermis-fat graft. Before I go on, I wonder what your procedure actually is? You have used the term ‘temporalis fat graft’ which piques…

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Grinding/Clenching Tips

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We hear a lot from tmd patients who have problems with grinding and clenching. Bruxism  is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. If you  have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth together during the day or grind/clench them at night. If you do this at night it’s called sleep…

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Do You Need a Patient Advocate?

What is a patient advocate and how can they possibly help you with your TMJ journey. “Patient Advocate” is a very broad title that encompasses many types of services for patients. This article might give you some ideas of what type of patient advocate might best help you. Many hospitals offer the assistance of in-house…

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Why I’m Stepping Down – And How It Should Give You Hope

TMJ Hope was founded in January 2010 as a support and informational resource for patients like you. What many of you may not know is that there was a site prior to TMJ Hope called TMJ Friends. I have personally been involved in the advocacy world for over ten years as I went through my…

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TMJ Surgery Toolbox..Ten Things That Will Help You Get Ready

1. Dealing With Insurance If your insurance company denies coverage for your TMJ surgery there are several steps you can take. The important thing to remember is to be consistent, and pay attention to deadlines. You may appeal the decision not to pay by writing a letter to your health care provider stating your reasons…

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Kaiser Permanente Bridge Program

We get a lot of questions about insurance, and what to do when you can’t afford the high cost. Here is a resource that we thought might be helpful   The Kaiser Permanente Bridge Program is uniquely designed to help those who are uninsured, income-eligible obtain health care coverage for a low monthly charge for…

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Stacy’s Tip of the Week

Welcome to our new feature, where I will be giving a tip each week to help you on your journey with TMJ disorder. Let’s get started with this week’s tip! This week I want to talk about exercise. I know…..it can be really hard to exercise when you are in pain. However, there are many…

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30 Days of Smoothies

Apple Cinnamon Oat Shake 1 cup milk or vanilla soymilk 1/2 cup applesauce 1 pouch plain instant oatmeal 1/2 tablespoon honey 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon Blend until smooth. Let stand 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup ice cubes, blend again Apple Coconut Ginger 1/4 c Apple juice 1 Tbsp coconut milk 1/2 Banana 1/4 tsp Ginger root…

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The Trigeminal Nerve

I have read some pretty detailed explanations of the trigeminal nerve and they only served to confuse me even more. I am going to try to explain it in a way that is far easier to understand. If you look at the entire nervous system only about 20% of the input to the brain comes…

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Pumpkin and Feta Risotto

Ingredients 3 1/4 cups peeled, cubed pumpkin 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 cups vegetable broth 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh garlic 1 onion, diced 1 cup baby spinach leaves 6 ounces feta cheese, cubed salt and pepper 2 cups Arborio rice Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Brush a baking dish with olive oil. Place…

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