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financial help for TMJ ?

Embarassed Well first off since I was a wee lil kid I new my jaw was asymetrical by 18 I started getting jaw pains and head aches so I went to my dentist and he removed all four of my wisdom teeth and said to see an orthodontist and handed me a tmj pamphlet. Well anyways I never went to see the orthodontist. Now I am 30 and my tmj symptoms had gotten worse loud popping, stiffness and tension in my face and jaws, sharp pin like pain along my jaw, ringing noises in my ears as well as this static like noise when I swallow yawn chew, sever head aches that would recur through out the day. ANd sometimes I would wake with a lock jaw. Needless to say I went to see a dentist and he said I suffered from bruxisim and he made me a soft mouth guard I asked him about tmj and he said he knew nothing of the topic and to see my health doctor. I saw the health doctor that said he didn't know how to treat me and gave a perscription to 800 mg Ibprophrens. Well I was taking these pills 3 or 4 times a day. By now I had quit my job becuase of not only the pain but a self confidence issue that I have because my jaw is crooked from the chin and up to my right TMJ, so I applied for some state dental insurance so I could see a new dentist. I found a TMJ Specialist that accepts State insurance and he had confirmed that I had TMD and that I would need corrective surgery, gave me a pamphlet of how to reduce the pain in cluding soft food diet, a jaw resting position, sleeping on my back, applying heat and cold to the area of pain and to massage the area. This has worked greatly to reducing the pain and I no longer take the perscription pills. He said I would need braces and a hard mouth guard, and said to see an orthodontist. So this is where I am at currently and let me say state insurance sucks, the orthodontist apparently is always booked and travels through out the state to different practices so my first appointment was booked to see him three months from now. BLAH
Anyways I have a question: what procedures will I under go to correct my bite since I have an occlusion III "what ever that is"? Does this include the correction of my jaw to some degree to make it more symetrical? Does it include Bone surgery to fix my jaw since the left side has a roundish shape to it but the left is like a straight line? also does this in clude the postion of my jaws being the right side is higher then the left (asyemtrical) which makes me look like a Picasso?
What else might I expect?
Should I seek out a psychologist for my self esteem issues brought on by my self appearance or since I have already come to terms with what the problem is and have sought out the help needed to correct the problem I am alright and these tmj procedures will be beneficial to me.

I am not out seeking the perfect facial appearance just because I want my jaw symetrical, I mean my nose is crooked and one of my eyelids saggs a smidge lower then the other but that adds definition to who I am I think and sets me apart from everyone else I just want a normal jaw a normal bite and my teeth to be horizontal not a horizon.

Also is there financial help for tmj problems like grants or something I can apply for to help cover any costs? Or a site I can view similar to "ClinicalTrials.GOV"?

stretch Well I'm done and look forward to chatting with you people on this subject, and will post an update on my progress as to offer help in others in my situation.
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replied January 13th, 2008
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you can apply for financial aid from the state for health problems.

Im moving this post to the tmj forum as that is where this belongs and you will get more help there.
surgery is the last option that anyone tries and is always a last resort. I wouldnt go to an orthodontist--he will probably just slap on braces and that will make the problem worse. I have a suggestion for you--you can pm me and we can talk further. Ive been through a lot and can help you with this.

your jaw should open straight down and should not deviate at all. like i said pm me and we can get you taken care of.Razz look forward to hearing from you.
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replied January 15th, 2008
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TMD problems are best corrected in a multispecialist clinic if you can found a clinic in which orthodontist ,prosthodontist and maxillofacial surgeon works together it would be easier to resolve your problem. Many dental schools have this type of coordination and are less expensive.
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replied January 16th, 2008
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not necessarily--many multispecialist places dont treat it well--ive been there
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replied August 5th, 2011
Tmj is gonna be the end of me i see your name and read some of yor replys if you read my post can you offer any advice
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