Originally Posted by pipdog
Is there a connection between x4 pre-molar extraction for orthodontics and developing TMJ dysfunction later in life?
I'm having my repositioning splint adjusted by a specialist who told me that the VAST majority of his TMD patients are those like me who had the extractions. The remainder are whiplash cases.
I mentioned this in a forum and got totally rubbished with my view being dismissed as 'anecdotal' . The replies were obviously from dentists. I recognised the language / terminology.
I know there are different schools / approaches in orthodontics and they are not exactly on best terms with each other but I never expected to experience the aggro personally.
Are there others here who suspect that extractions with orthodontics caused their problems?
Yes---my specialist agrees with that theory, and I also have had my wisdom teeth extracted before my ortho way back when. That's what started my tmjd. ---(I've also had whiplash and surgeries on top of all this later in life,,which just added fuel to the fire, so to speak..
Also, I've recently come across an article by a dentist (don't ask me where I found it, can't remember...LOL) that basically said that if the wisdom teeth are not impacted, infected, and are in good shape, NEVER take them out. They are there for a reason. In my opinion, these crack pot orthos are getting a kickback from the oral surgeon's they are buddies with to refer people for surgery, then braces afterwards. but that's just my opinion. I"m severely jaded at this point. lol.