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My area of expertise from the patients point of view would be Dentistry/TMJ plus the speech challenges that these jaw and bite problems sometimes represent. Over the years I have seen a multitude of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech therapists, neurologists and other health professionals who all had an opinion about my TMJ/bite problem. I AM NOT A DOCTOR...but would purely be a patients point of view type person. I "get it" when people say they tried to explain to their dentist what their TMJ/bite problem is and that they are misunderstood. I can listen to people's trials and tribulations and there is a good chance I have been down that road before. I can make suggestions as to what people can do at home, or what questions to ask their doctor or dentist when they visit. I will try and recall information or experiences that may be helpful to you.

Experience in the area

About 25 years ago, I had my wisdom teeth out and since then my bite has never felt "normal." For whatever reason, the first sensation I remember was not that my bite was off.....but rather that my normal tongue and speech patterns had been impeded. I spent years going to different dentists, who lumped me into their generic version of what they knew about TMJ. The majority of dentists believe they can treat TMJ, but only those whose primary focus is TMJ treatment, are really any good at it. Any dentist, can take an impression of your teeth, send that impression off to the lab and have them make a night guard. That is the easy part. The tricky part is what the dentist does with the night guard, once receiving it from the lab. The dentist has to do a "fitting" where they tailor the night guard to be evenly balanced and comfortable in your mouth. Sometimes it can take a few visits, because further adjustments need to be made to the night guard appliance, to get it just right. I have found that dentists, who have had the most practice, do a better job at fitting your appliance. It's almost like an art form.


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College Graduate with Bachelor of Arts Degree

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Oral Placement Therapy. To learn more about how jaw positioning and TMJ can impact speech clarity.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

- Find the book, "Assessment and Treatment of the Jaw; Putting it All Together: Sensory, Feeding and Speech" by Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson. First book I have found that understands the impact of Jaw Function on Speech Clarity. This book is literally a lifesaver!! - Find the book, "The TMJ Healing Plan" by Cynthia Peterson. Excellent self help book with plenty of exercises.

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Recent Answers from Jonathan at PatientBabble

2017-03-11 Hurting, aching sensitive to the touch teeth:

Hi John,    Question....When they were cleaning your teeth....Was your mouth stretched wide for an extended period of time?  Something like that might cause your jaw to be aggravated just enough to throw

2017-01-26 Rct:

Hi Rob,    I am sorry you are having discomfort with your #8 tooth.       Not sure if this is something I am supposed to know.....what is "rct?"   I gather from your question that your dentist believes

2016-10-03 Many broken teeth:

Hi Jacquie,    I almost didn't answer this question, because I thought maybe this is one of those fake questions.  But I would like to give you the benefit of the doubt and give you my thoughts.    Obviously

2016-09-30 please help me:

Andrea,    I'm sorry you have been having all that trouble!    The occlusion that they are talking about is one of the most impossible dilemmas that I have heard many times.  It is almost impossible to

2016-07-27 TMJ Pain:

Hi Sarah,    Yes, TMJ can cause pain in your jaw, ears, in front of your ears, cause headaches and muscle twitching. It is also common for people to complain of neck pain and believe it or not, many other


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