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Appliance--do they really do anything?

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Old 12-15-2007, 05:14 PM   #1
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Appliance--do they really do anything?

Hi-I posted this on the TMJ board, but I was hoping to get some answers--
Maybe someone here might have some suggestions......I have posted my long 2 year saga on this board continuously...NOW the drs. are focused on occlusion--------

I am questioning the purpose of this uncomfortable bottom splint--I am suppose to wear it all day and another NPI small thing at nite--
It is a long story of 2 root canaled teeth, then apicos, then 1 extraction, and the pain still continued...THIS dentist insists that it is all about bite, but after months of playing with a splint, I'm not convinced that this is all about TMJ (Many TMJ specialists said no) Now many other teeth are acting up (I have big old cavities that probably don't want any banging) I am afraid to make things worse now. ---This doc that made the appliance is one of the countries leading experts and teaches around the country.....
AND I am confused---does the splint CHANGE anything...?? or is it just to help the pain while you wear it??? If that's the case, the thing makes me tense itself. ARE THESE THINGS EVERY COMFORTABLE? And eating with it is torture--my mouth and jaw are all over the place trying to chew!
I never had any "clicking" or pulling....just this localized pain with this bridge....
What to do????????? Am I barking (crying) up the wrong path????

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