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Old 06-06-2009, 01:27 PM   #1
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Smile Has anyone been treated by a holistic dentist for tmj?

Just wondering if anyone ever has had a consult with a good holistic dentist. If so, how do they normally approach the situation, and did you have a positive result, ?? Let me know please. I've been sent the name of one in IL. .
Dr. Lina Garcia, of Schaumberg, IL. She explains tmj very simply and well on the website. Her splint therapy I was told is a lower appliance. Check her out .

 
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Old 06-06-2009, 09:50 PM   #2
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Re: Has anyone been treated by a holistic dentist for tmj?

Just out of curiosity, how would you define a "holistic dentist" as different from a "normal dentist"? Do they shy away from amalgam fillings and use herbal remedies instead of fluoride? Or maybe they just wear a tye dye shirt and sandals in the office?

 
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Re: Has anyone been treated by a holistic dentist for tmj?

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Just out of curiosity, how would you define a "holistic dentist" as different from a "normal dentist"? Do they shy away from amalgam fillings and use herbal remedies instead of fluoride? Or maybe they just wear a tye dye shirt and sandals in the office?
That's extrememly hilarious, thank you. Yes, they to a lot of non-invasive techniques, and have studied the harmful effects some modern dentistry has caused people, including root canals, braces , etc,. And also incorporate Cranial work into their practices. I'm sure I'm not explaining them too well, but it sounded logical when I was talking to them.

 
Old 06-07-2009, 06:23 PM   #4
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Re: Has anyone been treated by a holistic dentist for tmj?

Ah, I see. I went to the site of Dr. Garcia to clarify what a self-proclaimed "holistic" does differently. Makes sense that a holistic, as well as an osteopath, would be more apt to treat whole-body TMJ issues. I have a feeling that holistic dentists are much more worried about toxicities and chemical problems than structural or muscular problems involved with TMJ. Probably more likely to be open-mined for sure. There is actually a Holistic Dental Association, but I did not see Dr. Garcia's name listed as a member. Perhaps she is not into establishments. If I were a holistic dentist, I would wear hemp scrubs and play Greatful Dead in the waiting room.

 
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Re: Has anyone been treated by a holistic dentist for tmj?

I think you know I go to a holistic dentist, right? - I didn't pick him b/c of that - but a member here (Pedro?) referred me to him - turns out he is extremely well versed on tmj, craniomandibular dysfunction, neuromuscular dentistry, functional jaw orthotics,etc. He's the first dentist who didn't raise his eyebrows in disbelief when I told him all of my sysmptoms and he didn't give me any guarantees he would be successful either - but he had tmj when younger and it took him several years to get it resolved and recover - so he fully relates to all his tmj patients and he is very open to his patients's questions and even suggestions and is very generous with his time, although his hrly rate is quite high. He is also trained in acupuncture and cranial sacral therapy but to be honest if I am going to have those treatments done I would prefer that whoever does it, does it on a full time basis and not just here and there for 10-15mins - plus medical ins usually covers those services - so its just better for me to get that done elsewhere.

I am not sure all holistic dentists treat tmj - in general though they subscribe to the "whole body" dentistry approach meaning that teeth, bite and jaws affect the entire body on a whole so they seem to be more aware of their responsibility or the affect their dental work and treatment has on the body. My dentist seems to be very open minded and is also quite conservative in treatment - plus he seems to know a lot of alternative therapy practitioners - which is how I found my current cranio chiro.

I have seen numerous posts about holistic dentists in the Dental Problem forum - most make them sound like quacks or charlatons - but mine has never done anything that seemed strange or far out or weird in any way - compared to other well known "specialists" I have seen (and boy can some of them have "quirks") he seems "normal".

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