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Should I get a second opinion, and what should I be looking for? Please.

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Old 10-15-2012, 09:18 PM   #1
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Should I get a second opinion, and what should I be looking for? Please.

I went to a TMJ specialist today. He reviewed my symptoms, looked at my cone beam CT scan, and noted some erosion on my TMJ, which he found surprising given my age (no more than 25). He recommended a repositioning splint ($1000), took imprints, an MRI and off I went. He suggests a PT, massages, etc. He sent me home with papers on home care (posture, eating softer foods, some exercises)

Should I be seeking a second opinion? and if so, ANY recommendations for a TMJ in way southern Fl? Should there have been more to the diagnosis? I keep reading about TENS, and other machines. I've been miserable this past month since I found out I may have TMJD, and am at my wits end. I am terrified of dishing out money (that I don't really even have).

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Old 10-18-2012, 08:29 PM   #2
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Re: Should I get a second opinion, and what should I be looking for? Please.

Of course 2nd opnions are important when trying to decide what to do, but if you go to another tmj dentist who subscibes to the same theories and treatments of tmj as the first one you saw, there's a good chance you will get the same opinion.

There are a few factions or subscribed to theories of tmj and how to treat it - so most dentists pick which side of the fence they are on and prescribe treatments accordingly. some try to pick a middle of the road position and offer various treatment options, so they practice all but specialize in none.

Before you jump ship, if you like this dentist and feel comfortable with him, ask him to explain where this splint is going to move your jaw, how does he determine the optimal jaw position (very important to know) and how will you BOTH know the splint is doing what it is designed and supposed to do and how long does he think this will take. If he is wishy washy on any of this with no concrete answers, then go seek another opinion.

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