Imaging
Is the key to improving trismus in the laundry room?
January 10, 2023 -- Opening a wooden clothespin inside the mouth may be a hack for improving trismus in patients, according to a technical note published on January 6 in the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Clinicians are feeling the pain of prolonged mask use
December 2, 2022 -- Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experiencing orofacial pain, including temporomandibular disorders, related to the ongoing use of N95 filtering facepiece respirators and masks. The perspective was published on December 1 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Common TMD may be linked to calcium, vitamin D
October 27, 2022 -- Patients with a common type of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) had lower calcium and vitamin D levels, indicating that calcium metabolism may be linked to these jaw conditions. The results were published on October 21 in the Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Trending: Botox for bruxism
October 25, 2022 -- Many people are familiar with Botox to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. But studies published in Neurology and Pain Research Management show that the muscle-relaxing properties of Botox have promising results for jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Read More
TMDs tied to depression, somatization
September 28, 2022 -- There is a high prevalence of psychological disorders in patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), according to an article published on September 13 in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. The study focused on depression or somatization, a disorder in which symptoms have no identifiable cause. Read More
What you need to know about malpractice and TMJ surgeries
July 27, 2022 -- About 1% of medical malpractice cases filed against U.S. oral and maxillofacial surgeons stem from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) surgeries, according to a recently published study in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
10% of COVID-19 survivors may develop craniomandibular disorders
July 19, 2022 -- Approximately 1 in 10 survivors of severe COVID-19 may develop craniomandibular disorders within six months following prolonged intubation, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
More patients presenting with orofacial pain
May 20, 2022 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in the number of patients seeking treatment for new orofacial pain complaints and related symptoms, according to a study in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The most common symptoms that providers felt were aggravated in these patients included anxiety, headache, bruxism, pain while chewing, and sleep disturbances. Read More
X-rays reveal man's bruxism-caused apical periodontitis
March 28, 2022 -- Dental x-rays revealed that a healthy 28-year-old man developed apical periodontitis in two teeth following an intense phase of bruxism that lasted about a year, according to a case report published on March 24 in BMC Oral Health. Read More
NIDCR to support TMJ research project with Clemson, MUSC
March 8, 2022 -- The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) plans to support a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) research project with Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Read More
Special Feature
Data trends: Are U.S. practices taking more images?

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when taking radiographs as part of a dental examination was commonplace. However, with fears about radiation and changing insurance policies, U.S. practices took fewer images in 2016 than in any recent year. Why? Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software looks at the data. Read more.

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