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Old 05-15-2003, 02:48 PM   #1
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Question anyone seen or know about Dr. M. Friedman, Scarsdale, N.Y.?

Has anyone gone to Dr. Mark Friedman, or knows someone who has? Dr. Friedman was suggested to me, as I've had bite problems for the last year and a half, and after seeing 13 dentists, no one has been able to help me and some have made things worse.

I don't know if I've got TMJ problems, but the more I read about it, the more some of my troubles could be TMJ related.

I'm in Toronto, so if anyone has experiences with a good dentist or TMJ expert here or in the area, please let me know. I've already seen many bad dentists and I don't want to waste any more money or time on dentists who don't know what they're doing.

Hoping you can help me. Thanks,

Arleen
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Old 05-15-2003, 03:11 PM   #2
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Boy, you sound just like me! I can not believe how many dentists I saw before someone FINALLY told me about TMJ/TMD.
Okay, I am working with a neuromuscular dentist, I really like their approach. I am waiting for my "orthoic" that they are making for me. I found him through the las vegas institute under their alumni search button. I am really pleased with him. But just do a search on Neuromuscular Dentistry and see what you find.
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Old 05-17-2003, 10:05 PM   #3
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Hi Diane:

Thanks for the suggestion. I hope your problems are resolving themselves.

Best wishes,
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Old 05-18-2003, 12:19 AM   #4
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Oh wow. Yes, I know Dr. Friedman. He was also recommended to me. I went to see him, but arrived a little late to the appointment. The doctor told me to leave and to never come back because he doesn't like people that are late. I don't think that's the kind of person I would want treating me! I know he's very into trigger point injections but thats all I know. He's obviously not a nice person though - How can you turn away someone in pain??

 
Old 05-18-2003, 08:38 PM   #5
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Hi Arleen,
The only thing I know about Dr. Freidman is that he was featured in several articles - maybe a year or so ago regarding a theory he had, and was testing. He was proposing that migraine headache was really rooted not in the skull, but in the mouth. He said he found that if he "froze" the maxilary nerve (up behind the top molars and back into the cheek) - he could eliminate his patients migraines. I believe he had one study published in a professional journal, but was doing more research. Definitely interesting...if I remember correctly, he said he discovered this by mistake since he was a "jaw" specialist - and poked around in various places - found that his patients who had tenderness at this site were his migraine patients. In any case, all this caught my interest (since I suffer from headache daily). After hearing Stacie's account though...I'd hesitate consulting him.
Hope that was somewhat helpful...wish I could offer more. Robyn

 
Old 05-18-2003, 09:32 PM   #6
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Thanks Stacie and Robyn:

I did a search on his name and came up with several articles about the migraine research you mentioned, Robyn, which sounds very encouraging to migraine patients.

I was particularly interested in anyone having personal experience, and have to say I'm quite surprised by your comments Stacie. Wow! I'm sorry you had such a bad experience. I know how discouraging it is to go to one dentist after the other, hoping the next one will be the one who can help...but I've never experienced anything like that. I hope you found someone to help you.

I'd still welcome any comments from anyone who's been to Dr. Friedman, although I'm hoping to find someone much closer to home. Toronto's a big city - there's got to be someone here who's both a good dentist and a TMJ expert.

Best wishes and take care,
Arleen
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Old 05-19-2003, 12:27 PM   #7
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Hi Arleen,

I never heard of this Doctor Friedman. It's interesting though, because with my prosthodontist, although he's technically very good(with rebuilding missing tooth structure) when it comes to me complaining about my aches and pains and strange jaw symptoms that come and go, I must say he seems like he doesn't want to hear it. He's like a builder that put cements and repairs the teeth abnormalities physically but doesn't want to be bothered with the bigger picture of the jaw being messed up.

So I hope if you find a TMJD specialist(who may or may not be a prosthodontist) that he brings together the whole picture of how the jaw/teeth, neck and head are affected when the bite is out of whack. My symptoms come and go with a few days of the month being really bad with combination neckache,headache, jaw ache, tooth ache etc; but then most days things are minor and I can function.
In the beginning(when I got the 9 bad fillings done in a 6 month time span), things were really bad. So things can change hopefully for the better. Hang in there!!!

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Old 05-19-2003, 01:58 PM   #8
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Hi Antoni:

Thanks for the encouragement. I've seen 13 dentists so far and part of the problem is exactly you mentioned. Everyone seems to specialize and no one looks at the big picture. You'd think general dentists could see the big picture, bu that hasn't been my experience.

This board has been very encouraging for me. I've been trying to find answers to my problems for 18 months, since the 2 fillings I had done threw my bite completely off. I'm very thankful there's a board like to go to for information and so many kind people willing to share.

Several dentists have checked me for TMJ problems (basically by having me open and close my mouth) and said I was okay. Since I've been reading on the board, I see that TMJ problems go beyond how your jaw moves. I've looked at some TMJD websites which mention sympotoms like teeth not fitting together correctly and grinding. I'm experiencing both yet not one of the 13 dentists I've seen has mentioned TMJD as a possible explanation for what's happened to me.

I've been feeling a bit optimistic over the last couple of days, since reading this board. It's the first time I've had any real hope in a year and half. It sounds like my problems could be TMJD, so maybe a solution can be found. In my case, I think it's the muscles that have thrown my bite off. Based on what I've read about some of the splits prescribed, they sound perfect for dealing with my problems. Now I have to find myself a decent TMJ dentist!

Thanks to everybody who writes on this board, as it's very hard to find dental information on the web that isn't advertisements for some dentist's services.

Best wishes,
Arleen
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