Good Evening Doina,
I recently answered a post about a doctor and I mentioned Dr. Edward Grace at the University of Maryland Dental School. One of the other forum members here sent another reply that Dr. Grace will be retiring soon, but that he referred the member to another doctor. I'll see if I can find that post, or if you have some time look for it. I know that the post was sometime this month.
Another option is to call the University of Maryland Dental School and ask for their top TMJ specialist.
I hope this helps. Peggy
I'm not sure where you live, but you mentioned Richmond. You could call MCV's hospital in downtown Richmond. Ask for the dental school, then ask for their best TMJ doctors. The other dental school in the area is Howard University in Washington, D.C..
The reason I work with doctors from dental schools is that these are the guys that are teaching the up and coming doctors. As such they usually have the most up to date information and techniques. I don't know what kind of insurance you have, but I go through the Private Practices of the doctors.
Keep us posted.
hello, I did read that post; the doctor referred was also retiring soon. I cannot give up. Tuesday I have thyroid surgery; if it's not cancer I must find a decent TMJ specialist. Thank you for your thoutful and kind reply. I'll do my best
I do not know what Private Practice of the doctor is; I used all my insurance with the unnecessary root canals; I will call the schools. Apparently in Richmond we have only oral surgeon who only want to do surgery.
Dr. Sylvan Mintz in Bethesda. My daughter has been his patient for a couple of years. He has made splints for her, provided guidance on medication and physical therapy, and referred us to a surgeon when that "last resort" indeed became necessary. Besides being very knowledable and professional, Dr. Mintz is a very, very kind soul.
Dr. MIntz does not have an MRI, but he can write the Rx. Be sure to have closed rather than open MRI. If you have not previously had a TMJ MRI, expect to be using a hand-held device (provided by the technician) that will keep your mouth open in increasing increments. From my daughter's experience, MRI and CT scan are the key diagnostic tools. Unfortunately, she was subjected to numerous other tests with another TMJ doctor in the area who required a very expensive battery of diagnositic procedures -- coincidentally all of which were done in his office. The 2 items he did not require -- MRI and CT scan -- he dioes not offer in his office. Good luck.
FYI to all,
I recently spoke w/ Dr. Grace's office to cancel an appointment (as I had since been referred to Dr. Mintz). I was told that he has had to move up his retirement to the end of this month as he needs a back surgery. There is no replacement Doc at this time.
The MRI order specifies "TMJ." I believe that it also referred to open and closed positions -- which enables your doctor to assess what happens to the disk with jaw movement. My daughter's surgeon, who is in Staten Island, NY, has used CT scan (in his office) to monitor bone tissue loss. Unfortunately, my daughter has lost so much bone from the left condyle that it is flat now, rather than round. Again, good luck.