I had a serious problem with my bite when I started grinding my teeth. I’d ground them down to nubs. He put crowns on each of my teeth. However, I don’t think he did them right because now I have a slanted bite both upper and lower, plus a crossbite. I feel I’m in worse condition than I was before. I decided then to go to a neuromuscular specialist. He put me in an orthotic for a little over two years, which opened up my bite. Now my crowned teeth are ground completely down to nubs. Again, I am in worse condition than I started. I also learned that there isn’t a neuromuscular specialist, which makes me feel I’ve been swindled. I am out a fortune and in horrible pain. I didn’t even talk about how bad the crowns looked to begin with but both of them said I could have a healthy bite and a decent smile, but it would never be a Hollywood smile. I wasn’t asking for a Hollywood smile, but rather, I was looking for a natural-looking smile. This one looks like beige-ish chicklets. Is the bite even fixable at this point? If so, can it look like a normal smile?
You have been through a lot with dentists. Though you were thinking rightly in wanting a neuromuscular dentist, as you have discovered, there isn’t a recognized specialty in neuromuscular care, though it does actually take a significant amount of post-doctoral training in order to do it well. You are dealing with a serious case of TMJ Disorder at this point, even more so than when you started treatment.
I will say right off the bat, though you will need a tall order in a dentist, you will not have to choose between form and function. You will need a dentist with expert post-doctoral training in both TMJ Disorder and Cosmetic Dentistry. Both have to be post-doctoral because what is taught in general dental school isn’t enough for your situation.
Look on the mynewsmile.com website. These dentists are prescreened for their technical skill and artistry. They cannot pay to be listed on the site, they actually have to have the skills needed. Once you have found all the dentists listed on that site within a reasonable driving distance to you, that is when I’d like you to look a their TMJ training AND experience
How to Find a Qualified TMJ Dentist
There are several schools that have great TMJ programs. Here are some of them:
- Dawson Academy
- Kois Center
- Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies
- The Spear Insititute
While there are others, these are among the best schools.
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