Originally Posted by jmitchell
HI--I bumped up a thread called "What should I ask a specialist" originally posted under Silverwings--It's a great list I found from way back on the tmj site..Gives you a good idea what tests should be run, and how to get a good idea of the dentist's credentials. My current doc. is a neuromuscular dentist, and also a Functional Jaw ORthodontist. He also belongs to the American Academy of Orofacial, and Craniofacial Associations.
As far as your doctor's plan of attack, what associations does he belong to? Is he an orthodontist as well? What tests are going to be done to find the correct jaw position for you? I assume the final hard splint will be a repositioning splint to bring your jaw down and forward a bit?
Also, how did you get your tmj? Did you have some sort of trauma, or braces? What are your symptoms as well?
Hi. Thanks for the reply.
My dentist is DDS, FACMS, FAOS, MAGD, FICOI, AFAAID. He is a member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and many many others. He even teaches at two universities. If you Google Dr. Padolsky in Atlanta, you will see his certifications. Seems to be a specialist in TMJ.
I know he will do additional tests, but I don't know which ones. I can ask.
Yes - the final hard splint is to bring the jaw down.
Not sure how I got my TMJ - can't think of an accident. Stress? Eating too many hard foods? I don't know. Never had braces.
My symptoms include clicking, popping of the jaw. Pain at the disc radiating upwards to the head. Pain under the mandible. No problem chewing, sleeping, etc.