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Old 12-27-2012, 04:42 PM   #1
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Diagnosis and Invisalign

Within the last two weeks, I had a CT scan at my dentist's office; I had been having pain/pressure in my left cheekbone for a week, thought it was sinus infection. CT scan showed no sinus issue, no cavities or abcess in my teeth.

Today I met with a patient advocate at the dentist's office. She went over the CT scan, which showed clearly that the disc normally in the jaw joint (left side) is no longer there, the upper and lower jaw bones touching. The right side is better but not by much.

Their recommendation is bite correction, using Invisalign. But, in our research on the internet, many sites say not to take any actions that are irreversible (braces, surgery, etc.).

I am now confused as to what I should do, and concerned that the bones rubbing together will cause a more serious issue.

Has anyone else encountered this, and how did you handle it?

Thanks for any help/advice.

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Re: Diagnosis and Invisalign

It is good for you to question this. I've never heard of a well trained TMJ dentist going straight to changing up a bite. There are other issues to address before that should ever be considered.

From what I understand, invisalign does well to straighten teeth, but I've never heard of it fixing a bite that is out of whack. It would be good to seek out another opinion.

A good functional orthodontist with TMJD training or a neuromuscular orthodontist might be a good place to seek out that opinion.
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