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themotivator1 posted:
The ENT doctor sent me to a dentist and after reviewing the x-rays informed me that I have TMJ which afterwards my doctor suggested having surgery to try and deal with the problem. My health insurance expired and my TMI has gotten worse to the point I sleep 3-6 hours a night. This drains my energy levels which I counter react by exercising at the gym 4-5 days a week What could I expect if I had surgery done?
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
What you can expect if you had surgery without insurance is a huge bill. Does your dentist do this type of surgery (not all dentists do this) or is your ENT suggesting that he/she does the surgery? There is often a fine line when it comes to insurances, anyway. A medical plan may consider it dental and refuse to cover the surgery, and a dental plan may consider it medical.

Before having surgery, I would suggest that you have a dentist that specializes in TMJ disorders render an opinion. As far as what to expect in the way pain, recovery, etc., I really can't answer that since I do not know the detail of your case or the type of TMJ surgery that is anticipated, so these questions would need to be addressed by the surgeron.
themotivator1 replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
Thank you for your insight. I will continue looking for solutions.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to themotivator1's response:
There are treatments...from special dental inserts to prevent grinding your teeth to surgery. Non-surgical treatments are similar to treating arthritis, namely using NSAIDS (Advil, Motrin, Aleve, etc.). Good luck and I hope that you will find a solution.
themotivator1 replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
I have the dental insert whch doesn't help any. It was the ENT doctor that suggested having the surgery done. Currently the pain and noise along with neck pains has gotten worse
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to themotivator1's response:
ENTs are surgeons, so they think that way....

Consider the "second opinion" before agreeing to surgery.

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