Hi everyone I know some of you have been waiting to hear how things went, so I thought it would be quicker to post a new topic then to write the same thing over again.
My2:30: Dr. Halmaghi seemed very knowlegeable, and did a few tests like listened to my jaw with the stethescope, and talked to me and asked questions. I ended up sticking with the guy my grandma suggested just because he seemed to know just as much and my grandma has been seeing him forever. Plus I just felt more relaxed with him. But you may want to make an appointment with Halmaghi, he has a good success rate.
The treatment with all the tests, nti, and splint came to $1750. but he said (his secretay) that they would do it for $1000, so he seems to care about people instead of just the $$. Plus the first consult is free so it couldnt hurt to get his opinion.
Alright so after the consult the next day I saw my grandmas dr, Dr. Freeman, I told him I wasnt feeling that relieved since the tooth shaving, although it was better I was starting to have a lot of headaches, and jaw pain. So he said in that case I needed a guard. He did a few other tests to determine whether I needed the repo slint which I do because my right disc is misplaced.
It only cost me $495, because they make them in their practice instead of sending them out, so I actually picked it up today( it only took 5 days ).
I really like him and he has treated many people like us and has very good success. Plus he is very personable and even looked at all my teeth to make sure that everything looked ok because I asked him to. He said "you poor thing your so gun shy now aren't you." Well hell yeah.
He really seems to understand me so I decided to stick with him.
So know I have the splint and I am scared to wear it because I am scared it will make my teeth hurt worse, like that guard I had made did.
Dr. F said that I should start feeling better although the teeth will take a little longer to feel completely better, and that If I start to feel worse that I should come in right away so he can make some adjustments instead of waiting till my next appointment.
So those of you who have had or have repo splints, what are your experiences? Have any of you had good results? I'm so nervous I know I need to wear it and I'm going to but this weekend I'm having a bday party for my daughter Sat. and Sunday (you know that divorced family stuff),she will be 2 on Monday. So I really need to be feeling well, I can't afford to take a chance.
I asked Dr.Freeman why so many people have to have all the MRI's and stuff, and he said they are used to diagnose the problem correctly, but if you already have been diagnosed, then there is no point in having to spend all that money and time when you already know the problem and the severity. I was asking him because I had a Dr appointment and wanted to know if I should go or not.
Sorry this is so long, please let me know everyone what you think, also take care all hope to hear from you soon.
Thanks for the info on Dr. H. I think I'm going to first try a specialist a little closer to home (northern mich) and see what happens. Some of these treatments seem a little pricey to me. Why won't Blue Cross recognize TDJ as a legit medical problem??
Anyway, it seems like you made the right decision and I hope things work out for ya.
I had a night-splint made for me about 15 years ago, but didn't wear it for too long. My TMJ(D) really doesn't cause me any problems-just the limited opening thing, so I'm really not looking for a 'cure.'
I just want to have my teeth fixed if they need it, and most dentists won't work on my teeth until I'm 'cured'!
Anyway, enough about me-good luck with your splint. I'm going to keep watching this board and see how things work out for you and others..
So glad to hear that you have a specialist and a splint to try. It sounds like you have chosen the right one for you. I know exactly what you mean about feeling comfortable with him. That is how I feel about my dentist now. Wish I could help you about the repositioning splint, but mine is just an occlusal splint so I don't know if it will make things feel worse at first? Hopefully when you do start wearing it you will start to see some improvements fast. Keep me posted. Take care, Shell