Post # 1
I have the worst TMJ. I can’t open my mouth very far, I am constantly uncomfortable. I have to be very careful and always have to manage it, to keep my jaw from locking.
Yes it is horrible! I just found a specialist, but I am so scared. Have you ever, or do you know anyone who has had surgery for this uncomfortable problem?
Post # 3
My Fiance actually just had this corrected. He had a lot of issues with his jaw not being able to open and it turned out it was a disk that had deviated. If it had come completely out of position it would’ve been extremely painful and he would’ve had to suffer with the grinding of his jaw for the rest of his life. Luckily he made it to a dentist and they put a mouthpiece that covered his teeth and corrected his bite to help heal the sore muscle.
Has this specialist mentioned this possibility to you before?
Post # 4
This time last year, my TMJ was bad. (I’ve had this for about 5 years but last year was the worst it has ever been.) I went to see my dentist and he gave me a mouth guard and told me I didn’t have TMJ. I used the mouth guard but I think it made it worse. In the past few months, it has gone away. Looking back, I think it was linked to the frequency of my dental visits. I had a lot of work done so I used to go once or twice a month and had to keep my mouth open the whole time. It used to be painful to go. I stopped going because I was annoyed that the dentist told me I didn’t have TMJ and that it was just teeth grinding. (Plus, he was a jerk sometimes.) The dentist I had before told me I had TMJ. I need to find another dentist for a checkup but now I’m thinking that it might have caused my TMJ to get worse.
Post # 5
I’ve gone in for some ‘preventative’ treatment for TMJ — my disc isn’t deviated (yet) but my jaw does crack & pop at times (like really big yawns which can be super painful).
I was given a mouth gaurd and shown several ways to ‘relax’ the muscles (pressure points, massage, hot & cold compresses) & was also told that in my case grinding teeth, subconscious jaw clenching and poor posture (due to school) were the perpatrators.
Try not to be nervous, the specialists are there to help you & to make this uncomfortable problem go away. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 6
One thing that helped me was to become conscious about how I hold my mouth. I used to clench my teeth all of the time and the dentist told me to try to keep my teeth slightly seperated. Now I try to keep my teeth seperated as much as possible and it has really helped.
Post # 7
Thank you for the encouragement. My TMJ is really bad. I am actually having a crown put on, something I have avoided because my TMJ is so bad. But I feel better with this (super expensive but awesome) dentist who understands TMJ. He scheduled a two hour time slot and is partially sedating me- so that I can take breaks from having my jaw open. It is such a miserable thing! Thank you all for sharing, I am glad I am not alone, but sorry too.
yrret107 That makes sense- mine got worse with orthodontics, because I had to have my mouth open for hours. I would kind of trip out from the pain. That is so annoying that the dentists said two different things.
missmouse29 Thanks for the support 🙂 I am still a bit afraid, and it isn’t until Monday, but I have waited … almost 10 years to get this done! :/ At least Darling Husband is taking me. Sometimes I have to massage my jaw- and it hurts so much, but helps.
Really weird- my jaw will freeze into place in the cold :/ And I live in the coldest place on earth. Now that I know that, I just avoid the cold as much as possible and try not to move my jaw too much outside. The whole thing is so miserable, it hurts to kiss… it hurts to chew.
SweetRose2011 I think I will look into those options. I am happy to hear a success story!
Post # 8
inahat My too. I never have my teeth touch now. It can be uncomfortable to manage at night though.
Post # 9
When I get my dental work done, and I think I have the worst teeth on the planet, the dentist puts a bite block in my mouth. It takes the pressure off and I haven’t had the soreness that I used to have after dental work.