(Closed) Anyone Wear Splints for TMJ?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I wore a splint for a few months. My dentist had told me that it was either that or braces because my bite was all wrong and I had jaw joint issues and I was grinding my teeth, and I initially refused to even consider the braces because I had already worn braces in middle school…

Well, I had the splint for a while and I found it annoying as all hell and my temples hurt if I stopped wearing it for a few hours, so I sucked it up and went for the braces. Spent a year and a half in braces and now my bite is perfect and I don’t grind anymore. I have to wear retainers for about six more months, but retainers are easy.

Have your doctors mentioned if your problem is correctable by braces? If it is, I think you should try that. Braces hurt and are annoying and don’t look all that great, but they do work if done by a good orthodontist.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Yeah, if your teeth are pretty straight it sounds like an orthodontist wouldn’t recommend braces. Why mess with good teeth, ya know? I don’t know of any other alternative TMJ treatment though 🙁  I hope you’re able to find a solution soon. It’s not pleasant to have constant discomfort and pain around the jaw joints :-

BTW, I also suffer from migraines. When my bite was wrong I could tell that some of the migraines were being triggered by that, but now that my bite is perfect I still have migraines. I’m not surprised, since I didn’t expect the migraines to go away after the braces came off (I’ve had migraines for nearly 20 years already, after all), and I’m seeing a new neurologist soon to change migraine treatments since my current one isn’t working too well, but yeah, I totally understand about the TMJ-related migraines. And of course, it’s better to have fewer migraine triggers, so getting rid of the TMJ problem will likely help there at least in some way.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

I had a bite splint for about three months, but unfortunately it made me drool like a saint Bernard so it didn’t get worn much past that.  Migraines for me are mostly triggered by stress, which is why a more holistic approach worked a lot better for me than a dental or orthodontal approach.

I use massage therapy to help with my TMJ and it has helped a lot, but it took me years to find someone comfortable enough with TMJ problems to really make a difference.  Another thing you can try is to find an Alexander Technique practitioner, who can help you learn to realign and relax your own jaw.

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yeah, I had one of those.  It didn’t help.  It realigned my jaw, but then my teeth weren’t aligned, so biting and chewing (even talking) was then MORE painful b/c my mouth would have to go back to the old alignment.  It sucked.  

I have an achy jaw almost all the time (dull ache) and sometimes sharp headaches, but not all the time migraines.  I have noticed that when I try to sleep with my whole jaw on the pillow (i.e. further up than you usually sleep on a pillow) and with my mouth open I am less likely to start clenching during the night & am less likely to have headaches as a result.

@Draonsus – I would love to know more about the Alexander Technique thing & massage therapy.  I have never heard of either.  Is that kind of thing usually covered by insurance? 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

It depends – I have found some insurance companies to be very receptive to holistic medicine and I know a lot of places definitely cover massage therapy.  If not, look for a place called Massage Envy – they do a membership program that gets you a massage a month for about 50$ and it’s only $40 if you want more than one a month.  Ask about who has experience with TMJ and they should be able to get you set up with a qualified therapist.

You live in LA so there are MANY Alexander practictioners in your area (it’s also a popular acting/singing tool) so it should be no problem to find someone nearby.  Check around and see who takes insurance (and what your insurance will cover)

I hope this helps!

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