I’ve been going to my dentist to figure out my TMJ issues for a few months. Now, after I’ve spent all this money he wants to send me to an occlusion specialist. Why the sudden switch? Why didn’t he do this BEFORE I spent all the money?
Sara L. – Michigan
I want to make sure you understand up front, there is no such thing as a recognized occlusion specialty. What your dentist means is he wants to send you to someone who’s had significant training in occlusion.
Sometimes a TMJ issue is solved fairly simply. It’s always best to check the easy things first, as they have the simplest, least invasive solutions. That’s likely why your dentist worked with you first. When those didn’t solve your problem, rather than waste your money he decided to send you to someone with more training.
In reality, he’s doing you a favor and trying to get you the best care possible. He tried to save you money, by not requiring another clinic in addition to his care. While I know it may have seemed like he was taking advantage, he was actually just trying to get you the best care possible after the little things were eliminated.
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