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Old 08-05-2006, 09:50 PM   #1
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TMJ after dental work - anyone else?

Hello all, I've been having symptoms of a tmj problem for over 2 months now ever since a chipped bottom back molar which has had a root canal and filling, plus a bottom back molar on the other side which has had a filling replaced because of pain - which I still have when I chew on it mostly.
My symptoms are neck and jaw pain on one side and a headache, an unbalanced feeling - all pretty much daily.

I am currently seeing a dentist who specializes in bioesthetics. She says it is all do to my bite. I am currently getting a 24/7 MAGO splint made, but it will be about 7 weeks until I get it- ugh! My question is, does anyone have experience with dentists who specialize in this field? The splint is horseshoe shaped and is made for the upper teeth only. She says that I will wear this until my bite is adjusted and the jaw is in the correct position. You've heard it all before! Then there will be crowns, re-shaping, perhaps braces.

Another question, the main one: I usually get my bite adjusted if it feels off after dental work - which it does now. However I had it adjusted twice and it felt right in the office but different later. That's when I changed dentists to my current one. I've never been so confused! Do I go through all this or look for another dentist who will try to adjust my bite correctly, which has always worked before!
Thanks for listening! GMarie

 
Old 08-06-2006, 08:44 AM   #2
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Re: TMJ after dental work - anyone else?

I went to a bioesthetic dentist for a year. He made an upper splint of my upper denture. I did't get any better, maybe worst. He made a splint out of my upper denture and after several months of still no relief he said it was time to make new dentures , that I won't get better til he did, so I agreed. The dentures just made things worst. I was going in 2 X a week for adjustments.
Mines concept was the lower front teeth should hit the backs of the top front teeth and therefore they stop the lower jaw from going forward. It sure didn't work for me.
I am presently see a new tmj dentist and he said my jaw is being held to far back because of the dentures. He has given me an upper splint which allows my lower jaw to move forward. Its a little too high now so I'm going back in tomorrow. Also I went to 3 other dentist for consults and they all said my jaw was too far back.
Now it may work for you but it didn't for me. Just thought I'd tell you my story. He was a nice dentist but I paid him a lot and am no better off, maybe worst cuz its on both sides now.

 
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Old 08-06-2006, 09:40 AM   #3
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Re: TMJ after dental work - anyone else?

Yikes! I hate to hear that, luvtocamp, but I'd hate to dole out lots of money for this situation to stay the same or get worse! Thanks for your input and experience with this type of dentist.

I have no opening problems, only my bite is off. This dentist seems to think that my lower jaw does indeed need to go back some for a natural position. I also get the idea that she thinks braces will be needed after the splint and other adjustments - she wears them for a bite problem plus the receptionist wears them for a bite problem as well. I thought she would make the necessary adjustments in the office and that would be it. She showed me where I was hitting when I was biting; there were several areas in the back on both sides. I had an "off" bite after some dental work with headaches and pain years before and that was all that was needed. I guess if you go to this kind of dentist complaining that your bite if off, which I did, she/he will run with that right to the bank!

Seriously though, all this jaw, neck and headache pain came on right after the dental work I had. I keep thinking if I could just get my bite adjusted by a good dentist, then these symptoms would disappear. Anymore ideas? I need to know what to do before my scheduled tomograms on the 25th. I'm either going to go full steam ahead with this "bite dentist" or get yet another opinion from a regular dentist. No more specialists for me!
Thanks! GMarie

 
Old 08-06-2006, 09:48 AM   #4
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Re: TMJ after dental work - anyone else?

Is it possible to get a couple other opinions before you go forward? I'm not saying shes wrong but I sure don't know. The jaw back didn't work for me , just made my neck and ears worst and still is because my dentures were made to hold my jaw back. For me it'll be a matter of a new denture, but when you have real teeth its a whole new ballgame. I would surely not go forward with treatment to change your bite if the splint is not helping.

You may want to go ahead with the tomogram to see what the problem is.

Can you post your new dentist on the doctor thread?

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Old 08-06-2006, 01:21 PM   #5
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Re: TMJ after dental work - anyone else?

Just a note: my splint won't be made until after the tomogram. So it will be about 7 weeks until I even get a splint. Meanwhile I have to endure this horrible neck and jaw pain.

Luvtocamp - Do you know why a tomogram is taken or why it's needed before a splint is made? I am thinking of getting another opinion from a different dentist. Even though this current dentist is really nice and seems to know what she's talking about, I think a second opinion is always a good idea before investing a major amount of money!

Also, should the splint help with the headaches and neck pain? This dentist says that it will. GMarie

 
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I'm not sure, my bioesthetic dentist didn't do any x rays or anything- he said the treatment is the same.
My new tmj dentist wanted an mri if I could afford it as he wasnted to see the condition of my discs, but he said he could work without one. I did get an mri tho.
Waiting 7 weeks for a splint seems like an awful long time, why so long and how much is she charging out of curiousity? if you don't mind me asking.

A slpint is suppose to help, mine is somewhat now with the ear pain, but I need an adjustment as I'm still getting muscle spasms and some ear twitching.
My discs were fine according to my mri, but he said my condlyles are sitting to far back which is why he wannts my jaw to move forward.

 
Old 08-06-2006, 06:40 PM   #7
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Re: TMJ after dental work - anyone else?

Hi LTC, The reason I have to wait so long to get the splint is that I first had to make the appointment for the tomograms at an orthodontist's office and I couldn't get that for a month. Then the MAGO splint takes 3 weeks to get because it's made out of state. That will cost about $1000 which includes weekly adjustments until my bite is right and in sinc with the jaw.

Of course the major money will come after wearing the splint and the crowns and other adjustments are made. I've told her I would not consider braces or jaw surgery, but she said they could be something I need if she can't do the restoration work needed to correct my bite. I don't like the sound of that, thus I guess I will need a second opinion! All this for an "off bite" - something isn't right!! GMarie

 
Old 08-16-2006, 07:50 AM   #8
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Re: TMJ after dental work - anyone else?

wow....I haven't posted on this board in so long can't remember my password ..lol

I HAD major TMJ for over a year and spent so much money and went to so many doctors and was in sooooooo much pain

I finally found a dental practice that included all types of dentist and specialites and come to find out my TMJ was all caused by a filling I had done and it was too HIGH so it threw off my bite. Once I had that tooth fixed, root canal and crown I haven't had any problems (knock on wood). It took about 4 months for the TMJ to be totally gone. But YES dental work can throw off your bite and cause TMJ.

Make sure to have your bite checked, even if they say it's ok you make them fix it until YOU say it's ok.

good luck to you all......Jill

 
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How wonderful for you, thanks for posting.

 
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