These patient were orphans
- a) medical /dental, b) chronic vs acute, c) teeth vs joint muscle
Why would an ENT not refer you to a general dentist? Unfortunately, the general dentist is inadequately trained in dental school for chewing system damage (TMD or TMD). Even a general dentistry professional who has taken weekend courses will tell you that the complexity of the chewing system is too much for weekend training. For you see, chewing system orthopedics is more than mouthpieces, more than pain medication, more than simple home remedies. Trust me, while practicing dentistry in the mountains, after extensive weekend courses, I could not handle the complexity of TMD, TMD or chewing system damage.
Dentists like Dr. Yount attend a 2-3 year orofacial pain residency and become board certified in orofacial pain. This two-three year residency provides extensive training in medical, dental, and allied health professions. The specialty of orofacial pain covers the areas of treatment that falls between the dental and medical fields. Orofacial pain is a blend of the medicine and dentistry sciences. The complexity of TMD-TMD requires knowledge of all sciences as well as tooth and joint dynamics to ensure successful pain management.