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Dr. Eric Block, DMD, CAGS, FICOI, FICD, FAADS, FIADFE, is a full-time dentist in Acton, MA. He is known as the Stress-Free Dentist and hosts the Stress-Free Dentist Podcast. His goal is to help make dental professionals' careers more enjoyable.
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Effectively Eliminate Your Patient’s TMD Symptoms

Effectively Eliminate Your Patient’s TMD Symptoms

1/31/2024 10:49:37 AM   |   Comments: 0   |   Views: 48

A conversation with Dr. Tony Urbanek and Dr. Eric Block


Focusing on TMD

Tony Urbanek, a researcher with a background in cell biology and dentistry, figured out the solution for TMJ/TMD after realizing that current treatments were ineffective. He observed that many dentists were unwilling to treat TMJ patients due to the lack of success in treatment options. 


TMD Research

Dr. Urbanek conducted research by listening to patients and their experiences with TMJ symptoms, which led him to discover that any object placed between the front teeth relieved symptoms. Based on this observation, He developed a device that significantly reduced symptoms for patients who followed a specified protocol. Through further cases, he discovered that the average symptom reduction was 70% within three weeks of using the device and 85-95% over the next two months. Additionally, Dr. Urbanek explained how TMD operates similarly to all other joints in the body, comparing it to tennis elbow. Tennis elbow and TMD are the same diseases affecting different joints. Chronic inflammation is the root cause of both diseases.  Chronic inflammation of the joint drives each and every symptom of TMD directly.  Eliminate the chronic inflammation, and you eliminate the symptoms.

Note: TMJ refers to temporomandibular joint disorder or dysfunction


Chronic Inflammation

Tony Urbanek explains the relationship between inflammation and pain in TMD (temporomandibular disorder). He discusses how chronic inflammation can lead to pain in different muscles, including the neck and shoulders. Tony also addresses misdiagnoses of TMD by physicians, especially confusing it with migraine headaches or Meniere's disease. He emphasizes the need for a proper protocol to address inflammation in the joint, which can alleviate symptoms such as ringing, fullness, and dizziness. Tony shares his experience developing an effective device and protocol to treat TMD and offers dentists an opportunity to incorporate it into their practice through an online course and licensing process. 


No Fear

He encourages dentists not to be fearful but to embrace this solution for millions suffering from TMD. He emphasizes that with the proper training, it is not complicated and offers support from his company. To add Dr. Urbanek’s protocols to your dental practice, a three-hour online course is available for dentists who want to learn how to use the Urbanek device and implement the protocol. Dentists can take the course to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills.  Dentists who want to use the Urbanek device need to obtain a license, which is obtained through the website. The license and the course go hand in hand, and dentists need both to start using the device.


Advice for young dentists and entrepreneurs


 Tony Urbanek encouraged dentists to think critically and not be fearful when it comes to incorporating new treatments into their practice. He emphasized the importance of being a critical thinker and evaluating information for oneself rather than relying solely on what one has been told.



Dr. Urbanek is on a mission to solve the TMD conundrum for millions of females and a lesser number of males in the United States who are affected by TMD.  He is available to help dentists with any questions or problems, and dentists can contact him directly via email at to ask any questions or discuss further details about the Urbanek device and the protocol.



Dr. Eric Block is a full-time practicing dentist in Acton, Massachusetts, and a husband and father of two kids. He is known as The Stress-Free Dentist and hosts the Stress-Free Dentist Podcast.

He is the author of four non-fiction books and one children’s book. He lectures nationwide, helping dentists become more efficient, productive, and less stressed. He co-founded the International Academy of Dental Life Coaches or, which matches dental professionals with life coaches who understand dentistry.

He is a wellness ambassador for the American Dental Association and is a former chairman of the Health and Wellness Committee for the Massachusetts Dental Society. He can be reached at

Category: TMJ and Occlusion
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