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    Old 10-03-2004, 04:27 PM   #1
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    How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

    Do I have to go see a regular dentist first?

     
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    Old 10-03-2004, 04:41 PM   #2
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    Re: How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

    No you can look for a TMJ specialist in your area and make an appt with them.

     
    Old 10-03-2004, 05:26 PM   #3
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    Re: How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

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    No you can look for a TMJ specialist in your area and make an appt with them.
    eh. my parents won't believe that I have TMJ. Can a regular dentist or ENT confirm if I do?

     
    Old 10-03-2004, 06:05 PM   #4
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    Re: How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

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    don't waste your time with an ENT, most of them can't make an accurate diagnosis, you are better off with a dentist with TMJ experience or an oral surgeon. Clicking popping can indicate TMJ. If you have it you are better off getting treatment early before it gets worse and you start having pain. Read through some of the threads here and see the horror stories some of us have been through. Have your parents read through them too.
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    Well, it's been doing it since June.

     
    Old 10-04-2004, 10:04 AM   #5
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    Re: How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

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    doing what? the clicking and popping? Are you having pain or muscle spasms? Is your opening ability limited? Do eating crunchy, chewy or hard foods, like apples or steak bother your jaw? These are some signs that it may have progressed. Many people can have clicking and popping without any other symptoms. Like I said, get an early diagnosis, before these other things set in if they haven't already. I have been on a soft food diet for almost a year. No steak, apples, candy that is hard or chewy, no sub-sandwiches, no pork chops, no BIG MACS (my personal favorite). I cannot get my mouth open wide enough to eat one of those. The other night I ate a french fry that was slightly over cooked, a little crunchy, and it sent searing pain into my jaw and I whipped it out of my mouth like it had bit me. Do you have any other symptoms besides the clicking noise?
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    I can open my mouth fully and fast, eating food bothers my tooth but not my jaw. But I have to bite kind of hard for it to do that and it's not searing, IE it's bearable.

    Everytime I open my mouth and yawn though I feel my left ear pop. Sometimes, It'll pop loud and clear up a bit.

     
    Old 10-04-2004, 10:28 AM   #6
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    Re: How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

    Look for a dentist that specializes in TMJ treatment, but I will have to warn you, the treatment is usually not covered by insurance.
    Most dental insurance plans exclude treatment because they say it's a medical problem, and most medical plans exclude it because they say it's a dental issue! I just went through this. Neither my dental or medical insurance company would provide any coverage.
    The treatment is very costly. The initial test done to confirm that you have it runs about $350. After that, there are mouth guards and various other treatments that run into some serious $$$$$$$. Good luck.

     
    Old 10-04-2004, 10:34 AM   #7
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    From my personal experience with insurance, the best way to do it is this...go to your regular physician and tell them about your symptoms. If you can get them to write a referral to a specialist, usually health insurance will cover it. Other than that, some dental plans cover a small portion, but not every plan covers it.

    I, myself, in fact have a consult with my physician for the same thing....to get my referral to a TMJ specialist. I called the health insurance to ask about covering the therapy and they were the ones who said go to the physician first. So, if this isn't going to work, I'll let you know tomorrow!

     
    Old 10-04-2004, 10:41 AM   #8
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    Re: How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

    Yes - Definately check your insurance - Both dental and medical. Neither of my plans covered the treatment. And I work in the health insurance field!

     
    Old 10-04-2004, 10:42 AM   #9
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    Re: How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

    I think it's because I chewed gum forever all the time. If I stop, will it go away?


    I have to get a referral by the ENT I guess.

     
    Old 10-04-2004, 10:53 AM   #10
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    Re: How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

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    I think it's because I chewed gum forever all the time. If I stop, will it go away?


    I have to get a referral by the ENT I guess.


    Chewing gum will aggrevate it. I stopped chewing it altogether and it helps.

     
    Old 10-04-2004, 11:05 AM   #11
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    Re: How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

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    Chewing gum will aggrevate it. I stopped chewing it altogether and it helps.
    will it go away completely or will I still need surgery? My teeth don't grind at all.

     
    Old 10-04-2004, 11:26 AM   #12
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    Don't even think about surgery at this point - surgery is an IRREVERSIBLE treatment. TMD should be treated with REVERSIBLE conservative methods first, depending on what is actually causing your TMD and the severity/duration of it.

    The one poster who said don't let this go is right - I've been suffering for 15+ years and now have severe TMD. Your problems seem to have started fairly recently. See your dentist first and see who they would recommend to see for possible TMD. The TMD specialist should spend time just getting medical history and background information from you to determine if further testing is necessary.

    My dentist recommended a specialist in my area, and then I called my medical insurance. Medical said they would consider covering the services if my PCP ordered it. So far, my treatment has cost $5,400 and I've received about $2,000 in reimbursement. I'm not sure the ENT would be the right person to go to first - a good dentist should be able to determine if malocclusion is causing your problem and then send you to a specialist if needed.

    Surgery should be your last resort!

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    Re: How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

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    will it go away completely or will I still need surgery? My teeth don't grind at all.


    Depends on the severity I guess. And don't rush into surgery - If you do have TMJ, try the other treatments before you think about surgery.

     
    Old 10-04-2004, 11:45 AM   #14
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    Re: How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

    I used to chew gum 24/7....whenever I was awake, I had a peice in my mouth. Last summer, my jaw started popping and clicking. After a couple months of this my mom said "Stop chewing gum". So I did, and yes, it went away.....til a year later when the real problems started.

    I have just had my wisdom teeth removed, and I seem to be alot better, not 100%, but hugely improved. I know alot of ppl say that wisdom teeth cannot cause TMJD, but I beleive that it can, considering my improvement. I beleive I had an upper molar pushing on the jaw (cause it was growing in a very weird position). I am still in the process of making an appt with a TMJ doctor, by my oral surgeon insisted I have it looked at.

    But anyways....stop chewing gum, and eating anything chewing, and it will help. But do get help, cause it will come back in time, and you can still be saved!!!!!

     
    Old 10-04-2004, 11:56 AM   #15
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    Re: How do I get a referral to see a TMJ dentist?

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    Don't even think about surgery at this point - surgery is an IRREVERSIBLE treatment. TMD should be treated with REVERSIBLE conservative methods first, depending on what is actually causing your TMD and the severity/duration of it.

    The one poster who said don't let this go is right - I've been suffering for 15+ years and now have severe TMD. Your problems seem to have started fairly recently. See your dentist first and see who they would recommend to see for possible TMD. The TMD specialist should spend time just getting medical history and background information from you to determine if further testing is necessary.

    My dentist recommended a specialist in my area, and then I called my medical insurance. Medical said they would consider covering the services if my PCP ordered it. So far, my treatment has cost $5,400 and I've received about $2,000 in reimbursement. I'm not sure the ENT would be the right person to go to first - a good dentist should be able to determine if malocclusion is causing your problem and then send you to a specialist if needed.

    Surgery should be your last resort!

    Katie G

    Well, they've been noticeable since June. It seems my hearing balance has gotten a little worse over the last four months. I should go to a dentist to have my teeth cleaned anyways.

    But what about meals? Can I still chew during those? I only eat lunch and dinner anyway. Would that still aggrevate it? I can't go on chicken noodle soup forever.

    If it's just my ears having a problem, could it be easily reversed?

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