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Old 03-14-2008, 07:10 AM   #1
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How to treat TMJ if someone has dentures

Hello all. I have posted about my own TMJ but I am also a counselor and have a client who has TMJ but has dentures. She was referred to a university 3 hours for treatment but refuses to go and I am at a loss as to what can be done for her. Her dentist said she can't get splint therapy, which makes sense. I am wondering if we can get help from her medical doctor? Can physical therapy help her? She is getting temporal pain that shoots down her neck and into her upper arm, pain behind the eye on her affected side, and swelling in the area of her joint. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

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Old 03-14-2008, 07:47 AM   #2
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Re: How to treat TMJ if someone has dentures

Although a spint may not work adjusting the dentures in terms of how they position the jaws and push against the upper palate may be the answer so seeing either a neuromuscular dentist, prosthedontist or tmj specialist trained in FJO may help. Most times a osteopath or chiro trained in kiniseology can work with the dentist and determine what needs to be done or where the problem lies in terms of the which cranial or temporal bones are being disturbed. Hopefully Luv-to-Camp may be able to advise you further since she is dealing with a similar issue.

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Old 03-14-2008, 11:29 AM   #3
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Re: How to treat TMJ if someone has dentures

I am dealing with the same thing myself, although waiting on getting partials which has caused the TMJ. Is it possible that the dentures need to be adjusted or that she needs new ones? Ill fitting dentures often cause TMJ and sometimes it is as simple as adjusting them so that the teeth meet and the bite is aligned. If her dentist feels they are correct than possibly a second opinion is needed.


Old 03-14-2008, 01:23 PM   #4
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Re: How to treat TMJ if someone has dentures

Thanks for the info, I will pass it on to her. She has also had her jaw broken several times before so I have a feeling there may be actual problems in her joint as well.

Old 03-14-2008, 04:06 PM   #5
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Re: How to treat TMJ if someone has dentures

I have an upper denture and lower partial and got tmj. I've had 3 splints so far and none have worked, I am now just getting bite adjustments on the dentures themselves and will probably have new ones made. I wish I had a simple answere but am still searching for the answere myself.

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