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What do you think is better a orthodontist or a dentist for TMJ splint?

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Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry
8 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

A dentist who has had advanced training in orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders is best equiped to manage these disorders.
Orthodontic training alone does not typicaly adequetly train the practitioner to be fully competant in this field of dentistry.

In brief: Depends

A dentist who has had advanced training in orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders is best equiped to manage these disorders.
Orthodontic training alone does not typicaly adequetly train the practitioner to be fully competant in this field of dentistry.
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Dr. Edmund Lipskis
Dentistry
5 doctors agree

In brief: TMJ trained Dr.

Few orthodontists or general dentists have the advanced training required for thorough diagnosis and treatment of tmj/tmd issues.
This field covers a broad array of problems, from structural issues of the joints, to neuritis, muscle issues, sleep apnea problems, overlapping neck and lower spine problems, etc. It takes significant education and experience to dianose and treat. Find a TMJ dentist.

In brief: TMJ trained Dr.

Few orthodontists or general dentists have the advanced training required for thorough diagnosis and treatment of tmj/tmd issues.
This field covers a broad array of problems, from structural issues of the joints, to neuritis, muscle issues, sleep apnea problems, overlapping neck and lower spine problems, etc. It takes significant education and experience to dianose and treat. Find a TMJ dentist.
Dr. Edmund Lipskis
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Diagnosis

Before having a splint made make sure you have been given a diagnosis.
Different splints treat different types of problems. There are over 100 different types. And the wrong splint may make things worse or be of no help.

In brief: Diagnosis

Before having a splint made make sure you have been given a diagnosis.
Different splints treat different types of problems. There are over 100 different types. And the wrong splint may make things worse or be of no help.
Dr. John Van der Werff
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Dr. Louis Sterling
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Depends on which doctor has more experience and has had better results.

In brief: Depends

Depends on which doctor has more experience and has had better results.
Dr. Louis Sterling
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

There is no Dental Specialty called "TMJ.
". Many Dentists, Oral Surgeons, Periodontists, etc., have extensive training and experience in treating patients with TMJ symptoms. Many choose to refer rather than to treat. Ask around, seek consultations, eventually you will find the perfect fit for you.

In brief: Depends

There is no Dental Specialty called "TMJ.
". Many Dentists, Oral Surgeons, Periodontists, etc., have extensive training and experience in treating patients with TMJ symptoms. Many choose to refer rather than to treat. Ask around, seek consultations, eventually you will find the perfect fit for you.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. John Van der Werff
Respectfully, there is no specialty recognized by the ADA, however there are dentists who's practice is limited to orofacial pain/ craniofacial pain that have a tremendous amount of training in the field.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Orthodontist

but please realize that TMJ treatment is still not an exact science and some procedures work for some people and not others.
There are no guarantees when it comes to TMJ

In brief: Orthodontist

but please realize that TMJ treatment is still not an exact science and some procedures work for some people and not others.
There are no guarantees when it comes to TMJ
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

The doctor who exhibits the greatest quality in diagnosis and rates of success in treatment.
A poorly trained orthodontist would be a bad choice, and conversely a gp with extensive continuing education and good success rates would be much better. Obviously each situation and doctor is different and requires some research on your part. Good luck.

In brief: Depends

The doctor who exhibits the greatest quality in diagnosis and rates of success in treatment.
A poorly trained orthodontist would be a bad choice, and conversely a gp with extensive continuing education and good success rates would be much better. Obviously each situation and doctor is different and requires some research on your part. Good luck.
Dr. David Schleimer
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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: TMJ Splints

Many general dentist get upset with this type of question so i'll try to be sensitive.
Orthodontist are specialists so they have more training; however, some dentist have taken additional trainings that make them capable to treat patients very well with splints. Have either one evaluate the TMJ thoroughly with an exam, x-rays of the joint. Not all TMJ issues are fixed with a splint alone.

In brief: TMJ Splints

Many general dentist get upset with this type of question so i'll try to be sensitive.
Orthodontist are specialists so they have more training; however, some dentist have taken additional trainings that make them capable to treat patients very well with splints. Have either one evaluate the TMJ thoroughly with an exam, x-rays of the joint. Not all TMJ issues are fixed with a splint alone.
Dr. Shawn Murray
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Either, neither

Depends on the dentist's experience and training.
Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.

In brief: Either, neither

Depends on the dentist's experience and training.
Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Kenneth Zipkin
Dentistry

In brief: Good ?

The one who knows most about treatment.

In brief: Good ?

The one who knows most about treatment.
Dr. Kenneth Zipkin
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Dr. Joseph Ritz
Dentistry

In brief: Either

Either should be able to help.
If the general dentist is not comfortable treating your problem he will refer you to a specialist.

In brief: Either

Either should be able to help.
If the general dentist is not comfortable treating your problem he will refer you to a specialist.
Dr. Joseph Ritz
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