| | Need advice
I am new to this healthboard. I have been reading all of your stories about tmj. I finally joined tonight. I have suffered with TMJ since 2000, after being in a head on collision, air bag hit the face too. My MRI in 2001, show my disc are out when my mouth is open or closed I'm not sure which. Started out in splint therapy for over 9 months,with physical therapy and chiropractic treatment. The muscle spasms continued, non-stop. Saw a couple of surgeons told me to come back in a couple of years. Chiropractor recommended that I see this orthodontist in my area of New Jersey that is good for tmj. Needless to say, I am now in braces. He started me off in a appliance called the sagital, to open my bite up. I have always had a misbite, that's what they think my problem is. After the sagital, he put me in braces and elastic's to try to have my lower jaw move forward. I was almost pain free for about 10 months. The elastics seemed to kick in the TMJ pain again. He took off the elastic 8 weeks ago and put me in a bite plate. It doesn't really look like the traditional ones. It is almost looks like a sagital, it fits in the upper arch, with acrylics on the teeth, so the upper jaw and the lower jaw don't touch. It's supposed to bring my lower jaw forward. For the past 8 weeks I have been in hell. He doesn't understand why I'm in pain. Wants me to go to see his chiropractor that doesn't accept medical insurance, which mine does. After paying him $ 7000 he is throwing his hands in the air. If anybody is ever been in a bite plate with pain please let me know. It is supposed to be very similiar to a bionator, doing the same purpose. I have already made an appointment to go see a top surgeon at Jefferson University to get a second opinion.
Good Luck to all of you out there. I hope one day they will find a cure for this.