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Old 09-08-2003, 12:55 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone...
I have yet another question. I try not to cry that often but I am going through some $%&* right now and broke down last night. I was in so much pain during and after the "downpour"! Is this because of my severe muscle tightness? It was really kinda freaky! I will be getting my Xrays done tomorrow and this new ortho wants to make me an upper splint. What is the difference between my nightguard and an upper splint? It looks the same. The last "specialist" said that I needed a lower splint made? How do I know who is correct? I am scared cause I am going into debt for a few grand to get this all done. I know there are no guaratees. Any info would help me out greatly.
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Old 09-08-2003, 02:08 PM   #2
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HI Lucy
Oh shoot Lucy, it is the dang muscles. With as well as I am doing, and I am doing so well, I can not cry, not a cry from your gut you know? Oh, it just throws my face into a fit Lucy and it is TERRIBLE pain. Dr B says once I am in the repositional splint in time, that will go away, I CAN'T wait! I have a lot of deep heart crying to catch up with.
I am so sorry Lucy you are feeling that kind of pain
((Lucy))
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Old 09-09-2003, 05:56 PM   #3
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Hi Lucy:
I agree that most splints look alike but it's the degree of perfectionism that they are made with that really counts. Alot depends on how careful and precise your specialist is and also how careful and precise the lab which makes the splint is. My orthodontist is extremely perfectionist, he's careful and extremely precise. He had his assistant do the impressions 3 times until they were exactly how he wanted them. I'm sure she was frustrated but I was elated that he is so precise. I am in the occlusal orthotic device. It's a lower splint. I had had 2 previous upper splints and 1 other lower splint. I told my orthodontist I would prefer the lower splint if it was possible because they are so much easier to learn to speak with. He said that it didn't really matter if it was upper or lower so he would make a lower for me. Many make the upper splints because they are easier to make than the lower. But really it depends on the type of splint and what your specialist feels is best for you.
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