Wisdom tooth pain or TMJ?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Christmas Tree Farm

It sounds like you’re clenching, and probably grinding, your teeth at night. I would recommend an OTC night guard to start with. You can find them for $20 in the toothbrush aisle of any pharmacy. It might be labeled as a night guard or an occlusal guard. You wear it while you’re sleeping to ease any clenching or grinding you’re doing. If that helps, you can look into having a custom guard made, though those tend to cost around $400 so I always recommend trying an OTC one first, to make sure it helps your problem. 

Warm compresses and gentle jaw stretches will help, as well.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I work as a Massage Therapist, and have several clients with TMJD.  Clenching/grinding your teeth is a major contributing factor.  Muscle tension in the neck is also a contributer.  I would suggest making an appointment to get a massage…you will want to find someone who does TMJD/jaw work.  Be aware that it won’t be the most pleasant massage you’ve ever had, but it will help give you some relief until you can see someone.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

You might be clenching, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have TMJD. I have it. My jaw “clicks and pops” and will get stuck sometimes (to the point that I can’t open my mouth more than a tiny bit). A night guard can help with grinding. I have to take muscle relaxers sometimes, but I know that doesn’t help since you can’t go to the doctor. Good luck! 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BakerBee16:  I have TMJ, in fact i posted on here a month or so ago.

I clench my teeth and grind them in my sleep too. My lower jaw has also shifted slightly to the left and my centre teeth no longer line up. 

I get many tension type headaches and neck pain. Occassionally my jaw will lock and it clicks and pops almost everytime I eat.

I visited my dentist 3 weeks ago. He is fitting me with a nightguard to wear which will help with the cleching. Sometimes this alone will help. He has also given me exercises to do at home.

The last resort will be surgery to fix the displaced disc in my jaw. 

Mine came about after having all 4 wisdom teeth removed a few years and quite honestly it sucks.

A soft diet will help if it is TMJ to allow the ligaments and whatnot to heal in the jaw. Avoid singing (apparently) and over exaggertaed jaw movements.

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BakerBee16:  Cant say I have heard that but I had mine out with a general anesthetic and they did have problems bringing me round afterwards. My chest was also black and blue with bruises where they leaned on me to get the teeth out. 

My wisdom teeth were impacted (coming through sideways) so they had to come out.

Sometimes the only way to resolve TMJ is through surgery in which case having the teeth taken out it neither here nor there and sometimes the cause of TMJ is having the teeth taken out. Vicious cycle!! 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Christmas Tree Farm

@BakerBee16:  I would not recommend using your whitening trays. If you are grinding, you can very easily grind right through them. That material is not made for holding up to grinding wear. I would stick with warm compresses and stretches until you can get to a store.

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