Since I have no back teeth, & can chew with only one spot in my mouth, the dentist has suggested dental implants. This is a VA dentist, & they aren’t known for their compassion. How painful is it? He says it will relieve my TMJ symptoms. Is this true? My jaw is out of alignment. Will it help? Thank you in advance for the input! By the way, when I said VA, I meant Veterans Administration, not Virginia. Thanks!
I think the suggestion for implants is a good one.
Yes, it will help relieve some TMJ symptoms simply by giving you posterior teeth to re-open your bite. Missing teeth can be very stressful to the joint. The bite closes deeply causing malalignment and disc distress.
I have personally assisted many implant placement surgeries, the patients say it is less painful than having a tooth extracted and seem to do very well and heal quickly.
As far as VA dentists are concerned, I have heard horror stories–but I have heard the same concerning dentists that are not VA. Trust your instincts. If you do not like the chairside manner of the dentist go to a different one. There has to be more than one VA dentist available to you.