A Surplus of Doctors, a Shortage of Solutions
Mary went to see her family doctor, who started referring her to specialists. She saw two different ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctors, a neuromuscular doctor (not to be confused with a neuromuscular dentist), and many others. So many doctors she can’t remember them all.
The doctors often didn’t believe her descriptions of her symptoms, dismissing her claims and saying, in her words, “everything’s fine.” She felt going to the doctors became a terrible ordeal, especially since her symptoms continued to worsen.
Dr. Firouzian Provides the Answer
As her condition worsened, Mary also developed jaw pain, as well as pain in her individual teeth. This is when she began to suspect that TMJ might be the cause of her symptoms and decided to schedule an appointment with Dr. Firouzian.
Dr. Firouzian determined that Mary’s problem was related to the function of the jaw muscles. Because of the way her teeth fit together, Mary’s muscles were unable to find a comfortable resting position.
In order to help Mary hold her jaw at that comfortable resting position, Dr. Firouzian fitted her with an orthotic. This is an attached orthotic, which is bonded to her lower teeth. The ultimate solution to Mary’s problem hasn’t yet been decided. Dr. Firouzian may decide that he can achieve optimal results with orthodontics, or he may rely on dental crowns (caps) to build up her teeth so her jaw remains at this relaxed position.
Although Mary isn’t completely finished with her treatment, she enthousiastically encourages anyone with symptoms like hers to see TMJ dentist Dr. Firouzian. If you want to schedule an appointment, please call (614) 848-5001 today for an appointment.