Just wanted to update you on my TMJ problem/migraines. My physical therapist stopped my treatments, since I kept having to go back to that crappy dentist repeatedly. I got a referral from and old friend, who sent me to the best dentist I've ever met. Apparently, since my previous dentist started working on me about a year ago, the number of cavities has doubled. I have cavities in almost all my teeth now. That dentist just kept fixing the same teeth, because his fillings kept falling out. I think he has charged me $4000 out of pocket, since I have no dental insurance.
My new dentist is fantastic. He's x-ray'd me twice, done some work on me to take care of some EXPOSED NERVES, and put me on pennicillin to kill the infections in the roots of my teeth. My former dentist didn't seem to be bothered or even see my exposed roots, no matter how much I told him they hurt. I've also been on Robaxin, a muscle relaxer, to try to keep my TMJ pain down, and help with my migraines. It hasn't been really effective, but has helped some. I can't do the heat/cold thing 'cuz that will send me directly into a migraine. The muscle pain/tension from your jaw is caused by inflamation of the teeth clinching or whatever you do to inflame the jaw muscles. Mine is combination of having my jaw streched during dental visits, and I catch myself sucking in on my cheeks when my teeth hurt. This inflamation can work its way down into the neck and shoulders.
Anyway, my new dentist hasn't even charged me a penny for all the work he's done already. In order to solve my problem, I've got to get all the work on my teeth done at the same time. It took three weeks to get an appointment, but next Wednesday he has set aside the whole day for me. He'll start in the morning and keep working until everything is fixed. I'll get my cavities filled, but if I need a root canal, he's just going to pull the tooth. I'll probably end up with a particial plate on the bottom of my mouth. The best part is that it's only going to cost about half of what the bad dentist already charged. I'm going to pursue a refund from my old dentist, or possibly take him to small claims court.
Hopefully, my TMJ should be gone pretty soon. Let me know how you guys are doing.
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