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    Old 04-21-2003, 04:32 PM   #1
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    Hi All,
    I just finished reading thread on
    "Beware of splints" and has left me
    exhaused. I would like to know if
    anyone has had success with the lower
    splint vs upper splints? I have this
    upper splint that has been adjusted
    over 25 times and has always had the
    same effect. I have displaced discs
    right and left. Within 20 minutes of
    wearing splint my jaw is completely
    locked and my face, head and neck are
    completely paralized. I dont know
    why this happens and my doctors dont
    know either, but keep insisting I
    need a splint. I was wondering about
    a splint that is worn on the bottem
    teeth, does anyone know what difference
    it makes??
    My splint doctor says "Im a hopeless
    case". He never recommed a bottem
    splint. (Dr Cohen in AZ).
    Help! If it is possible for me to
    wear a spint i would. NO MORE SURGERY!!
    Thanks a bunch,
    Car-o

     
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    Old 04-21-2003, 09:26 PM   #2
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    Hi Caro,

    I have had complete success with a lower splint. One dentist prescribed a soft upper splint which I wore for about 3 - 4 months. My symptoms worsened. The dentist who successfully treated my TMJ prescribed a hard lower splint. He said the first splint was doing me more harm as it was pushing my lower jaw back - and it was already too far back to begin with. Turns out (in my case) he was correct!
    Everybody's TMJ is different. You have to find a doctor/dentist who KNOWS what they're doing with splints, and what is the correct splint for your situation. As many have posted before - a splint is only as good/effective as the person who's fitting/adjusting it.

    Marlene


     
    Old 04-21-2003, 09:33 PM   #3
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    Marlene is so right! My splint was hurting me so bad, I was near tears every day. I took mine out last week, and I acutally ate peanuts today!!!!!!!! Yea I did hurt a bit after but I ate peanuts! My muscles did not freeze up or anything. I do have to say my mouth is going back to the way it was though and when I open my mouth is goes all the way over to the left, but hay I can eat!!!! A splint is only as good as the one who adjusts it!
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    Old 04-22-2003, 07:44 AM   #4
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    Marlene you sound like me - I hope!

    I had no luck whatsoever with an upper splint. I'm in the process of getting a lower splint. I cannot wait to get it....will keep youp posted on my progress.

     
    Old 04-22-2003, 02:55 PM   #5
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    I am a "splint success story" now as well! My bite is about 90 percent back and it's due to splints. It took a while and it hurt like hell for a while as well. It was hard to eat, talk, etc., but it did work. I wore a lower one during the day and upper at night and then wore only the upper for a while. I still wear the upper at night only. good luck.
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    Old 04-22-2003, 03:02 PM   #6
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    Hi all....
    Thanks for your posts, looks like I
    will try a lower splint. Does anyone
    know how much they are?
    Marlene what do you mean upper splint
    was pushing your jaw backwards? What
    were the symptoms? Do you have dis-
    placed discs?
    My bite is way off also, my bottem jaw
    has shifted to the right of my face.
    I know i need to have my bite realigned,
    is this done with orthodontics? Could
    this be why the upper splint locks my
    jaw and paralyzes my head and neck?
    I seem to have alot of questions that
    my doctors havent really answered.
    Thanks sooooo much!
    Car-o

     
    Old 04-22-2003, 03:39 PM   #7
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    Hi Car-o:
    Hi, I've done much better with the lower splint than I ever did with the upper. The upper splint made my symptoms worse.
    Tiffany

     
    Old 04-22-2003, 07:11 PM   #8
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    Caro, consider the NTI device, in that way none of your molars meet, maybe then you would not lock.

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    Old 04-23-2003, 08:56 AM   #9
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    My treatment is going to cost around $4500. That includes all examinations, xrays, the lower splint, neuromuscular therapy and all follow-ups. I think my insurance will pay about half. Pricey, but I don't care at this point.

     
    Old 04-24-2003, 10:09 PM   #10
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    I tried the upper splint about 10 years ago and now am in worse shape than I was in before. I have slippage of the disc on the left side. I am on day 3 of my lower splint now with a new specialist. So far, I am not used to it yet and it is very awkward. The doc I am seeing now totally believes in the lower splint as opposed to the upper splint.



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    Old 04-25-2003, 11:16 PM   #11
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    Car-o,

    When I briefly wore my upper splint, I found that my lower teeth were trying to "get behind" the splint, therefore causing my lower jaw to force itself backward. Both my discs were displaced anteriorly (forward). By wearing a splint on my lower teeth, it brought my lower jaw down and forward, allowing the discs to be "recaptured" (fall back into place). If memory serves me correctly, my splint cost around $150.00 CAN.

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    Old 05-09-2003, 03:27 PM   #12
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    Hi All,
    I just got my lower splint and so far
    so good. My jaw is NOT locking, and
    its not paralizing my muscles. YEA!!!
    It appears to be bringing my jaw down
    and forward just like Marlene said.
    I cant believe what a difference a
    lower splint makes verses the upper
    splint that I couldnt wear any longer
    than 20 minutes.
    Thank you sooo much for all your help!
    I will keep you posted!!!
    Sincerely,
    Car-o

     
    Old 05-09-2003, 10:03 PM   #13
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    Hi Car-o

    I'd be interested to know how you make out with your lower splint! Keeping my fingers crossed!

    Marlene

     
    Old 05-10-2003, 07:14 PM   #14
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    Carolyn (Caro7),

    I am keeping my fingers crossed too that the lower splint will help you a lot. I wonder who prescribed it for you. MY doctor did not care about having me try any other type of splint when I complained about the upper splint. Good luck.

    Alex

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