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Old 01-10-2006, 10:26 AM   #1
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Going to orthoedontist...im nervous...

goin to orthoedontist for tmj. I swear,if he says braces,I AM OUT OF THERE! I have enough health crap with tmj and im not gonna deal with metal in my mouth. I would want a diff opinion..

 
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Old 01-10-2006, 10:27 AM   #2
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Re: Going to orthoedontist...im nervous...

usually braces are the last step of tmj process i believe. I think he might start with splint that you use 24/7 perhaps..

 
Old 01-10-2006, 05:49 PM   #3
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Re: Going to orthoedontist...im nervous...

You should go through phase 1 first, which is usually a splint. Braces would be part of phase 2. I wore braces recently for 16 months and I'm not exactly a spring chicken. It wasn't a big deal for me.

 
Old 01-10-2006, 06:34 PM   #4
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Re: Going to orthoedontist...im nervous...

If the orthodontist suggests braces as the first phase I would definitely get up and leave quickly. When treating TMJ it needs to be treated in 2 phases. Phase l usually consists of splint therapy, PT, massage, etc., braces can be a part of phase ll treatment but should NEVER under any conditions be the only treatment. If you already have TMJ and you get braces without first treating the symptoms it will make your TMJ much worse.
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Re: Going to orthoedontist...im nervous...

i wanna say no to phase 2...

 
Old 01-11-2006, 06:51 AM   #6
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i would agree with the above posts. Braces should be used as phase II with phase I being splint therapy to move the jaw down and forward. Make sure you don't go to a traditional ortho for treatment. They know nothing and could possibly make you worse. Treatments options are FJO and nueromuscular dentists.

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Old 01-11-2006, 09:14 AM   #7
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Re: Going to orthoedontist...im nervous...

how do I know if hes traditional or not? my mom called and they said he treats TMJ...

 
Old 01-11-2006, 10:43 AM   #8
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Hmmm..with this you must be careful. A lot of ppl say they treat TMJ. Unfortunately, they arent truly involved in it. Usually you can tell when you get there, by what he says and does. You can also ask tons of questions for example, How long he's been treating tmj patients.... what qualifies him to treat it...etc... I know it seems wierd. If you dont wanna do that, you can just go in for the consultation and you can usually tell if they truly understand TMJ or just wants money. Some people have gone to seminars for TMJ, and profess themselves TMJ doctors...but the truth is you need someone who has studied it thoroughly. There is this one website that you can put in your state, and i think its American Academy of Orofacial Pain.. click on members supposedly these guys are really trained in this.might be good to see who is in your state, just in case the dentist you go to doesnt work out. Let us know how it went!

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Old 01-11-2006, 05:48 PM   #9
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Re: Going to orthoedontist...im nervous...

Hello,
Traditional american orthos only uses straight wire to move your teeth while FJO dentists use removable appliances to move your teeth. I can not name all of them. One i do remember and it's called the Twin Block. You can also check their website. Just enter your state and you'll find someone that's hopefully near you. But becareful, not all the docs on the website have training in FJO. I went to one near my neighborhood and the guy is a general practitioner with no experience in FJO. And not every FJO dentist is honest so be really careful on the treatment. If you can, tell them to give you a diagnosis and treatment in WRITING. Make sure they take xrays of your joints when they diagnose you. A simple Panerax(sp) won't do.
If you don't know already, tmj is a condition of the joints. Muscle spasms are a result of the joints being out of place. There are a lot of causes for the joints to be out of place. i.e. bad overbite, short back molars. Put the joints back into their proper position and the spasms and other symptoms you may have will go away.

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