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The Dr. Amir TMD-Center
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Following a young patient
Experiences and impressions
of our patients
In our TMD-Center, we experience every day what fates and sufferings lie behind our patients.
We record some of these stories in exciting patient interviews and personal reports.
"Those affected often simply don't know where to go"
The young TMD patient Elif * (name changed) suffered from severe jaw pain for a long time. Loud cracking noises and restricted movement when opening the mouth made everyday life increasingly difficult. The treatment of the TMD specialist Dr. Amir Sayfadini has improved this in a very short time, thanks to a custom-made splint. In the interview, she talks about her personal experiences and why she would recommend therapy from an expert for Temporomandibular Disorder to others.
How did you find out about your suffering?
I've had this extreme jaw cracking for many years since I started wearing braces. The pain was extremely bad and I had only a limited possibility to open my mouth. My orthodontist has never alerted me that this is a fixable problem. He said that some people are just having it. Then I was regularly with my dentist and she noticed it very strongly. She sent me to Dr. Amir Sayfadini, pointed him out as an expert in the field of jaw complaints and recommended treatment at his TMD-Center. My previous dentists or my former orthodontist simply couldn't help me with the symptoms and I wonder how it is possible that many doctors are not informed about this at all and that it took so many years before someone gave me the advice to see a specialist. With all this ignorance, my symptoms have gotten worse and worse. I wish I had known about the TMD-Center earlier. I just never heard of TMD before, as so many others did not as well.
How was the first treatment for you?
I hadn't rated my problem as serious. But when I was in the Dr. Amir TMD-Center where I got the diagnosis, it was a shock for me. Especially when he informed me that with my strong level of TMD, a brace is the last alternative before an operation. Only then did I realize how bad the whole thing really is. Also thanks to the direct and honest nature of Dr. Amir Sayfadini, who simply says how it is. I needed someone who knew what to do and who finally showed me a solution. I immediately felt that I was in good hands with him and his friendly team.
So surgery was never an alternative for you?
Not at the moment, no. Just like the doctor, I am very satisfied with how the long-term wearing of the braces has already affected me. Of course, you have to see how it goes on so that the cracking doesn't come back as soon as I no longer wear the splint. But only time will tell. I'm very happy with it at the moment.
How does wearing the splint feel for you?
When I started using the splint, it was a little strange at first. But after I got used to it a few days on, it was no longer a problem. Sure, it's still a foreign object, but it really is totally fine. The brace has definitely helped me in a short time and the jaw cracking has disappeared. My everyday life and especially my phases of sleep are much more pleasant now. Since the jaw area tends to loosen up at night, it used to always mean that in the morning after getting up the jaw joints were hooked together and everything was tense. It was so painful at some points that I couldn't even bite my breakfast roll. The brace has already brought me great added value. I don't have any problems with that anymore and I can open my mouth normally again, without restrictions or pain.
Would you recommend the brace to people who are going through the same suffering as you?
Yes, absolutely! For example, two fellow students of mine are having the same complaints. Both were initially unfamiliar with the splint method and did not know anything about it. Their doctors have relied on physiotherapy and jaw massages, but that's not really a long-term solution for the problem. Treatment recommendations always depend on the doctor and his personal conviction, but I can highly recommend Dr. Amir Sayfadini's therapeutic approaches. TMD complaints are simply not uncommon. So many people have it. But those affected often simply don't know where to go with their problematic symptoms. Doctors and orthopedic surgeons have to be made more aware that there are real experts out there, specifically in this field and that those affected actually have a point of contact in the Dr. Amir TMD-Center. Because you simply do not wish anyone such a path of suffering. I am glad that someone could really help me.
„I am really looking forward to being able to yawn again“
From one day to another, Sabrina* (name changed) just couldn't open her mouth anymore. On good days, she was only able to open it 2 centimeters under a lot of pain. Talking, yawning, eating – non of it was possible as usual anymore. An MRI showed that the intervertebral disc had slipped between the joints of the upper and lower jaw. This displacement of the disc resulted in the severe restriction of movement. But there was no obvious trigger for it. A year and a half went by until Sabrina* became aware of the Dr. Amir CMD-Center. In an interview on the day after her first treatment, she reports on the symptoms with which she entered the practice and how her limited life quality changed completely within a few hours.
How did your jaw problems come up and how did you come across the Dr. Amir CMD Center?
It started in such a way that suddenly I couldn't open my mouth anymore. It just happened from one day to another. I only got it open at a maximum of 2 centimeters. At first, I thought I might have caught an infection or something and that it would go away on its own. But taht was not the case. I consulted my best friend, a dentist. She then referred me to a colleague who specializes in jaw disfunctions. She suggested that the intervertebral disc in the temporomandibular joint might have slipped. She then made a dental splint for me, but unfortunately that didn't help at all. A detailed anamnesis was then taken with another orthodontist, but there also was no therapeutic success. In another maxillofacial surgery practice, an MRI has finally been taken after months of waiting. By then, I had been walking through life for a year and a half with these symptoms and a two-centimeter mouth gap. I couldn't yawn or eat properly. It really didn't look well. The MRI findings confirmed the speculation that the disc had slipped. I actually had an appointment for the medical meeting afterwards, but the doctor called me beforehand and said I didn't have to come by because she couldn't do anything anyway. So I really saw myself struggling with that little mouth gap for the rest of my life. You then ask yourself about all the side effects that will come up with it. What if I had to be intubated at some point? That would not even work. So I kept asking if there is anything anyone could do? Something has to happen, this could not be the final situation! And so I was sent to the Dr. Amir CMD-Center, where I got an appointment right away. After all the waiting for the MRI, I did not expect that to happen so quickly. To my first treatment, I came with a two centimeter mouth gap and went out the same day with a four centimeter mouth gap. I came home and we were all completely stunned. My husband couldn't believe it either - unbelievable!
How was your first session at the Dr. Amir CMD-Center?
First of all, Dr. Amir told me right away that he can handle it. Of course I shed a few tears there. It was so nice to hear that someone was feeling confident and positive about helping me, especially after all the rejection that I had to experience beforehand. Nobody ever told me before that we will work it somehow.
Before the treatment took place, I was given a painkiller because my mouth was opened manually. Of course that was painful, but because I had to live with pain the whole time, it was more of a relative pain experience. I got a small wedge pushed between the joints, which had to stay in there throughout the day. At night I was allowed to take it out, which is why Dr. Amir already warned me in advance that my mouth gap could temporarily decrease again. Fortunately, that did not happen and there has been no deterioration so far.
How will your treatment go on?
I will get two dental splints now. First, one for the transition phase and then a long-term one. Dr. Amir told me quite openly and honestly that the next three months could be difficult and that regression cannot be ruled out. Although that is relative as well, because at least I can open my mouth which was not possible before. Today, the day after my first treatment, I am of course still a bit limited with slight pain. For example when I try to push my teeth forward. But I would not have thought that such a big change would be possible within only one day.
What are you most looking forward to now?
Most of all I am really looking forward to beeing able to yawn again. All the movements that you normally don't think about. You yawn rather unconsciously and whenever it came over me like that, the pain ran through me particularly strongly and I had to try to suppress this urge somehow. It was really hard. And I'm also looking forward to eating, where maybe a little more will fit on the fork that ends up in my mouth. I'm looking forward to everything that should actually be daily business and now hopefully will be again.
„The dental splint is now a part of my everyday life“
The causes of complaints about TMD and the jaw can be as diverse as the patients themselves. For example, hereditary diseases can trigger abnormalities in the chewing apparatus. This is also the case with patient Linda* (name changed), who has suffered from scoliosis since puberty. At first it was not recognized that her problems with the spine also have an impact on her jaw problems. Only an individual special night splint from the Dr. Amir TMD-Center was able to resolve her complaints. In this patient interview, Melina* talks about the connections between her clinical pictures and how she goes through everyday life happily and symptom-free today.
How did you find out that your health issues were related to TMD?
There is an inheritance story with scoliosis in our family. It occurred in puberty when I grew up very quickly. Since then, this disease has had an impact on my jaw position. This was also supported by an existing cross bite. At that time my dentist did not pay close attention to my tooth position, which is why I did not know the cause for a long time. He also made a splint for me, but it was more against the usual grinding of teeth and did not help. My symptoms got worse. It was only when my sister then sent me to the TMD-Center that I became aware of it. She is also a patient of Dr. Amir and very pleased with him. Since we are quite similar, she also has a curvature of the spine and we have the same symptoms. Dr. Amir helped me quickly with a special splint.
How was your first treatment at the TMD-Center?
At first, I was totally afraid that it would result in an operation. But then Dr. Amir took that thought straight away and said that we could do it all with one special splint. I was told what exactly I was suffering from and what the further course of treatment will look like. Then, some examinations were done, such as x-rays, which he used to explain to me how we can fix my symptoms. Then tooth prints were made and then it was all done pretty quickly.
How do you wear the splint and how was the feeling at first?
I currently have to wear my dental splint every night. In the beginning, I took it out in the middle of the night and put it on the bedside table because the feeling was unfamiliar. In retrospect, that was not a good idea. But after a few days I quickly got used to it and everything went smoothly from there. The dental splint is now part of my everyday life. We are really creatures of habit.
Is wearing the splint a long-term solution or will there be further therapeutic steps?
It looks like we can shorten the days at some point. Then I would no longer have to wear the splint every day. Perhaps I will soon even no longer need it and will be free of TMD issues. And if I still have to wear it for a long time, that would be fine as well. As long as it helps, it does not bother me. I already have no pain during the day and am really happy about it.
„My symptoms didn't start in the jaw, but rather in the knee while jogging“
The story of Marie* (name changed) shows once again that TMD is not just a matter of the jaw, but can also have a major impact on other parts of the body. For a long time she suffered from the typical cracking of the jaw and disorders in the chewing apparatus, but also from knee problems and severe neck pain. In the patient interview, Marie* tells about her symptoms and how a dental splint from the Dr. Amir TMD-Center is helping her.
When and how did your suffering begin?
At first, my complaints did not start in the jaw, but in the knee while jogging. I used to be able to run long distances, but all of a sudden I started having pain on the left side of my knee at ever shorter intervals. In addition to this, I also had severe tension in the neck, which could only be relieved by strength training. I never attributed that to the jaw. At my dentist, however, I mentioned another symptom, namely that my jaw is cracking. I already had that when I was a child, when I yawned and suddenly couldn't close my mouth anymore. I then squeezed it together with all my might and since then I've lived with the cracking noises.
We then took x-rays at the dentist's. Thereby TMD was diagnosed and we also got to talk about my knee pain. Before that, the causes were not recognized by anyone, not even the orthopedic surgeon. We started with a dental splint therapy, but it all seemed to me a bit strange there. First I got the wrong splint for the lower jaw, then another one for the upper jaw and then I had to come to the practice every other week to grind the splint without any noticeable results.
At some point I was sitting at the airport shortly before my vacation and could no longer chew my bread. My jaw muscles were just too exhausted. Actually from then on I could only spoon soup. That's why I did some research on the Internet and found an article about the Dr. Amir TMD-Center.
How was your first treatment at the TMD-Center?
Firstly, a very comprehensive analysis was made. Then I was given electrical stimulation therapy, during which I received light electric shocks in the neck area. This served to loosen everything up a bit. Then a new dental splint was made for me, which showed success in a short time, even if I had something like sore muscles in my jaw for the first two weeks. It was initially only intended to be worn at night, but at some point I have also worn it to work. Currently I only use it at night again. I Only go without it, when I have a strong cough or runny nose.
How is your further treatment planned in the future?
Since the neck pain has not yet completely gone, I was told to also try additional physiotherapy. If that doesn't work, I might get another splint model. But it is important that I continue to train my neck muscles specifically so that the measures do not only help temporarily. That's why I now do intensive neck training for a month every six months.
How is your everyday life with TMD today?
It has gotten a lot better since the dental splint. I can go jogging again without knee pain due to TMD. And I can finally eat solid things again and chew properly. The splint definitely helped me a lot.
A path of suffering like no other
At our Dr. Amir TMD-Center, we experience the long paths of suffering behind our patients every day. However, one story touched us in particular and at the same time deeply shook us. Katrin* (name changed) is in her mid-50s today and had to go through almost all medical wards that you can only imagine on her way to the TMD diagnosis. From numerous MRIs over spinal surgery to alternative Chiro methods, she had it all. Her path finally led her to the Dr. Amir TMD-Center, where she told us about her very personal story in a patient interview after her first session.
The fact that I am sitting in this TMD-Center today has an extremely long history behind it. I moved from Lower Saxony to North Rhine-Westphalia over 30 years ago as a young woman to care for my mother with multiple sclerosis. As an only child, I was on my own with the situation and had to tackle more and more physically over time, but also put up with mental problems. It was not only my mother's life that suffered from MS, but my own as well. As a result of the strain, I noticed more and more pain at some point, which initially took place in the cervical spine area. With my neck pain and shoulder problems, I of course first turned to an orthopedic surgeon. But after years of physiotherapy, acupuncture and electro-stimulation treatment, everyone simply just ran out of ideas. We did not know what to do next and after a few MRI examinations, the orthopedic surgeon introduced me to a neurosurgeon.
At some point, the day X occured when I was just screaming in pain. Apparently there was an incident in my cervical spine, which is why the neurosurgeon initiated an operation. In summer 2013 an artificial joint was inserted from the front between the cervical vertebrae C6 and C7. This was relatively quick and painless, but of course you still had to deal with such burdensome paperwork as in the case of paraplegia.
After a few weeks of regeneration, the pain suddenly returned. By inserting the joint, something has probably shifted upwards. Another operation was necessary in which a spacer was inserted between vertebrae C4 and C5. I actually felt pretty good afterwards, but months later I suddenly had to deal with the first dizziness. At the beginning of 2015, my doctor said that this could simply have something to do with the menopause – so the issue was closed.
In May 2015 there was an evening that I will never forget. I was laying on the couch and suddenly got an excruciating hearing loss with loud beeps and noises in my ears. After the visit to the otolaryngologist, the acute beeping was gone, but the noise remained and the wobbling dizziness and visual disturbances were added permanently. At the time, I did not know that all of these were symptoms of TMD and apparently neither did the doctors. From then on, I went from specialist to specialist. I was examined for everything: from centrifuge tests for possible causes in the ear to an examination for a brain tumor. When no cause was found, I was even allowed to listen to something from my long-time orthopedist, according to the motto, if I just wanted to “have some days off” for a while. The same from my general practicioner, who wanted to prescribe me psychotropic drugs, because among other things he saw my mother's voluntary demise caused by MS as a trigger for me. At that point, I got really angry. Over the years I have encountered so much misunderstanding among a number of medical professionals that it could drive one to despair. But I insisted that there has to be a physical explanation and I never gave up. To date, I have not taken a single pill of psychiatric medication and I have no plans to ever do so.
After I switched all doctors again in 2017, I was already receiving payment from the health insurance and I even saw my existence threatened in the long term by the health issues. Then, a physiotherapist finally gave me a helpful tip: she sensed that something was wrong with the jaw and sent me to an orthodontist. I also told her that I had fewer symptoms during periods of rest, when I keep my head still while lying down and not chew or speak. Because when I speak, my jaw always cracks. She then put me in the MRI again, this time for the TMJ and it turned out to be a disc shift on the left TMJ. I then got a first brace so that I could not clench my teeth at night. At that point, the first doctors who really wanted to help me noticed that something was wrong just by looking on my pupils. I ended up going to a former orthopedic surgeon who is now specialized in alternative American chiropractic. He knew and believed all of these symptoms. He was able to adjust my head joints gently, unlike the "bone breakers" I visited earlier, and for the first time, I felt relief. Unfortunately, the effect was short-lived and despite a new splint and constant adjustments, the long-term symptoms persisted.
At the end of 2018, I moved back to Lower Saxony, where another physiotherapist who specializes in cervical spine and TMD issues also pointed out the misalignment of my jaw and the totally hardened muscles. Muscular hardening has an impact on the minimal supply of nerves to the brain and this pressure would also cause dizziness and visual disturbances. It's amazing how everything in the body is somehow related to each other. I would also not rule out that my three knee surgeries on the meniscus were also caused by the jaw problems. If there is a serious shift in the jaw or cervical spine, something has to shift in the surrounding regions as well.
The physiotherapist then referred me to another dentist with a focus on TMD here in the Lower Saxony region. He was the first to determine the bite, which was probably too deep, through detailed measurement. My earlier dentures could be a cause for this, with the continuous replacement of which perhaps the different heights of the dentures, which only one dentist made over decades, was never properly taken into account. I received another JIG splint where you could only bite on the front. However, that didn't help me at all, but rather made things worse after just a few days. The problem is that the jaw is in a completely different position when lying down than when standing up or sitting straight and everything almost falls backwards. Just because I try on a splint while sitting at the dentist does not mean that the splint behaves similarly when lying down at night. So after this attempt also failed, my dentist finally sent me to the Dr. Amir TMD-Center. Now, after my first appointment, I got an individual splint made taking into account my history of suffering, which already shows the first small positive changes after a few days of wearing it. It is almost a small sensation for me after over 5 years and I always knew that someday I would end up with the right doctor!
I had to live through so many stations of suffering along the way that I really fill up files. I have always stayed with it and have always found partially helpful doctors and physiotherapists. I believe that many patients who might not have this fighting spirit would have already given up. I had to learn to contradict a doctor at first. It is really frightening for me, for example, when I'm on the go in corresponding Facebook groups: So many fellow sufferers who seek help there are simply dismissed by their doctors with psychiatric drugs. I can only recommend everyone not to simply accept unsatisfactory diagnoses, but to keep looking, even if it may take years. It is terrible that many medical professionals do not have the courage to simply say: "I do not know what to do, but I would like to introduce you to my colleague". That they admit when they ran out of ideas, but there may be another expert in this specific area. That is my wish for the future.