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Question DetailsAsked on 12/27/2012

BAD PROBLEM WITH TEMPORAL MANDIBULAR DYSFUNCTION. DENTIST WANTS TO EXTRACT ALL TOP TEETH AND MAKE A FULL PLATE. LOT OF BONE LOSS...

DENTIST DOESN'T BELIEVE IN TMJ TREATMENT. BAD MALOCLUSION PROBLEM. DID ROOT CANAL ON TOOTH THEN SENT FOR ANOTHER ROOT CANAL ON SAME TOOTH, TOOTH THEN BROKE OFF. HAVE 5 NATURAL AND TWO CAPPED TEETH ON TOP. HAVE HEARING LOSS THINK RELATED TO TMJ. AM 65 YO. PLEASE ADVISE WHAT TO DO AND GOOD DENTIST AND/OR ORAL SURGEON TO ADVISE BEFORE TEETH PULLED. LIVE IN 31909. THANKS.

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Linda, I think that you have partially answered your own question. If you are the least bit apprehensive about whether or not the treatment options that have been presented are the best for you, seek a second or even third opinion before committing to anything irreversible. My guess is that the recommendation for the extractions is more related to the boneless than the TMD.
With your history of TMD, you might benefit from the opinion of a prosthodontist, which is a specialist in the area of tooth replacement. There are not a lot of prosthodontists around, however, and they tend to be located in larger metropolitan areas and sometimes within dental schools.
Best of luck

Answered 7 years ago by Tc2004

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Get a second opinion from an oral surgeon. Never let anyone pull 'all' your top or bottom (or both) teeth w/o several opinions. Dentures may be easier for the dentist but they cannot describe what your experience with the dentures will be. How will they be anchored? What do they plan to do to fight further bone loss. Do not the let the dentist do this. Consult 2 different oral surgeons. Even professionals cannot always deliver what they promise. The body is too complicated for one size fits all. And if you cannot eat comfortably and reasonably with what you're left with, you will be hating life.

Source: http://RN + spouse had all teeth pulled at young age for dentures by dentist and regrets it now

Answered 7 years ago by wendybTn




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