• August 22, 2011
  • Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh

Treatment of TMJ Dysfunction…TMJ pain series, part 4

If all else fails, as it occasionally does in the treatment of the painful but complex condition that is TMJ dysfunction, usually a nightguard (or occlusal splint) is recommended, in most serious cases even in conjunction with mild anti-anxiety medication (to avoid the need for frequent muscle relaxants, which can be addictive and can also […]

  • August 19, 2011
  • Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh

Some TMJ Anatomy… TMJ pain series, part 2

TMJ is short for Temporomandibular Joint. It is a joint which connects your lower jaw to the rest of your face (i.e skull). It looks something like this: Surrounding this joint are some very strong muscles, some of which you can see in the picture above, some in the picture below: Those two big muscles […]

  • August 19, 2011
  • Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh

Why does it hurt?…TMJ pain series, part 3

Back to the serious issue of facial pain! The pain associated with either TMJ or muscle dysfunction can vary from a very localized feeling of stiffness of the particular muscle on only one side, to a headache of epic proportions! You may not be able to open your mouth very wide, it may hurt to touch your […]

  • August 10, 2011
  • Dr. Catherine-Anne Walsh

Dear Dentist, Am I Mad? …TMJ pain series, part 1

So I went to open my blog dashboard this morning, as is usually the case, not really knowing what I am going to write about. While I was thinking about my next subject for this week’s blog, I found myself holding onto my face, which was feeling pretty sore. For a couple of days now, […]


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