Chronic Migraine Sufferers More Prone to Temporomandibular Disorder

Researchers at the University of São Paulo in Brazil have found that more frequent migraine attacks lead to more severe temporomandibular disorder (TMD). The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge connecting the jawbone to the skull, and when the disorder of it occurs, there is often difficulty chewing and joint tension. Previous research studies have indicated that migraine is associated with pain in the temporomandibular joint. This specific research was the first to consider the frequency of migraine attacks when analyzing the connection with TMD. The researchers included 84 women in their early to mid-thirties with 21 suffering from chronic migraine, 32 episodic migraine, and 32 had no history of migraine serving as controls. Chronic migraine means that there are headaches for 15 days per month. Signs and symptoms of TMD were found in 54% of participants serving … Read more

A Study of Outcomes Related to Wisdom Teeth Removal

An interesting article titled “A Prospective Study of Clinical Outcomes Related to Third Molar Removal or Retention,” appears in the American Journal of Public Health (April 2014, Vol 104, No. 4) written by Greg J. Huang and et al. The article is a companion article to another also on wisdom teeth in the April 2014 issue of the journal. I discussed the companion article last week in the blog post http://blog.teethremoval.com/practice-based-wisdom-teeth-removal-study/. The article opens by mentioning the controversy surrounding the removal of wisdom teeth. On one side some have advocated for wisdom teeth to be removed to prevent future pathology and minimize risks, others have advocated for wisdom teeth to be removed to prevent lower incisor crowding, and others have argued for wisdom teeth to be removed to prevent periodontal pathology. On the other side some have advocated for wisdom … Read more