(Closed) Sore jaw …anyone with TMJ issues?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Franciscan Gardens

Oh dear. I’m so sorry. I know this pain, I’ve had TMJD for years…. I would recommend seeing a different specialist. I go to someone who specializes in TMJD, not just a dentist. I’ve had a lot of issues with dentists discounting my pain with a simple “here wear a nightguard, you must be grinding your teeth while you sleep” when in fact, I’ve NEVER ground my teeth, and my molars show NO signs of excessive wear from doing so. I was able to alleviate A LOT of pain by wearing braces, which realligned my bite and allowed me to open and close my mouth with out as much pressure on the joint. My doctor is also considering a surgery where they go in and remove any debris around the joint. I’d holding off on that one though, beuase it would need to be repeated every five years after… My only suggestion for you is to see a different doctor who takes you more seriously. You should not be experiencing so much pain without any help or suggestions from your specialist!! Good luck to you~ I hope you start to feel better soon!

Post # 5
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Worker bee

you are not the only one with this problem!!  I actually went to an oral surgeon, who said that I had occlusion problems.  I’ve already had braces, but apparently certain teeth still weren’t touching properly in the back.  The oral surgeon filed down the enamel (very carefully — just a tiny bit here and there) to make sure that all the teeth were touching evenly.  This helped immensely.

I have also heard that stress causes TMJ to be worse.  Sometimes tension in your head causes certain muscles in your head/jaw to become tighter than others and exacerbates TMJ.  

Another issue is head trauma. I found an article about this online because my TMJ actually started after a head trauma.  Has there ever been a time when you hit the side of your head very hard?  After I hit my head on a metal door lock (I leaned over and then hit the lock as I stood up), I got a severe headache and certain muscles in my skull region became very tense.  I found info online that said that plates in your skull can actually shift.  A chiropractor said he could help to readjust them, but I haven’t pursued that route yet because the problem is not severe at this point.  It really affects me more during times of stress, though.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I had something similar happen.  The cartiledge between my upper and lower jaw slipped out of place.  The oral surgeon used gavage to get it back in place.  It wasn’t bad at all once it was fixed.  Another time he just gave me muscle relaxers to see if it would help (and it did).

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@LondonAmericana: I’m curious about this plates shifting thing.  What plates in the skull would do this?  They all are fused once you are adult.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

lol I originally read the title of this post “Sore Jew…anyone with TMJ?” and I was like HEY! Im a Jew with TMJ!! but I digress.

I clench my jaw really hard when I’m stressed. There are times when I wake up and can hardly open my mouth. Yours seems a lot more severe than mine, and I would definitely recommend an MRI or X-Ray to rule out any kind of fracture or inflamation.

I use a mouth guard at night during stressful times (IE finals) which seems to help. Although, sometimes I spit it out just so I can clench and grind in my sleep.

Good luck! It’s no fun  ๐Ÿ™

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

It happened to me after some dental work and the amount of downward pressure used combined with the injection. I swore I had lockjaw and was in severe pain. NSAIDS and heat helped some, but I couldn’t open or chew at all. I was in the middle of seeing a PT for other things, and he managed to get me unlocked by putting hard pressure inside my mouth and pushing on the joint. It hurt a LOT while he was doing it, but it definitely helped.

 It also sometimes happens during third molar removal with the amount of downward pressure used for leverage in the extractions, but can pop out of alignment all on its own. Many people live with it, and have been taught how to help themselves; the position is to take both of your index fingers placed on either side of your mouth….put them inside your mouth on the farthest back retromolar pads,push DOWN, and then BACK. You can sometimes get it back in place by yourself, but any decent dentist can do it for you too. I’ll see if I can find you a link that illustrates it.

http://www.maxillofacialcentre.com/en/tmj.htm

I can’t find one right now,  but I’d call an oral surgeon…oro-maxillofacial one only.

http://www.dental–health.com/tmj_lockjaw_relief.html

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I definitely agree that you should find yourself someone who specializes in TMJ because they have a much larger knowledge base and will more than likely figure out exactly what is causing your pain.

I have had TMJ for over 10 years. There have been times where I have experienced that crunching sound you described and it was like my jaw slipped out of place and then I could barely open my mouth. The only way I was able to fix it myself was I would completely relax (honestly, do NOT try to force your mouth open becuase you are straining it so much more). I would just try really hard not to irritate it and in a couple hours or by the next day it would open again. When it first happened the more I tried to open my mouth the worse it tightened and longer it lasted. I have probably had my jaw lock about 20 times.

ALso, when it did open again it made a crazy pop crunch sound and hurt for a couple days. It definitely sucks. Luckily it hasnt locked on me in a couple years. It was really bad when I was going through a stressful time in my life (as you know stress makes it worse). My TMJ surgeon prescribed some muscle relaxants at night for the days when I was really stressed – big help!!!

Hope you feel better soon!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@so_said_ellie: Ack!  Yes, lavage.  Sorry, I hadn’t had my coffee yet.  ๐Ÿ™‚  I was put to sleep to have it done btw.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

I’d let him do it. You’ll be surprised at how much relief you’ll get. I also added another link about some possible treatment options available.

When I was in hygiene school, we had to learn how to do the reposition for patients if they happened to lock in place while we were cleaning their teeth. I’ve never had to do it on anyone, and couldn’t do it on myself!

Didn’t anyone tell you to avoid hard bread and chewing gum or to avoid foods where you have to open wider than normal? Unfortunately, now you know, and I hope you get some relief soon!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I definitely have a jaw issues and not sure what’s going on. My back teeth don’t touch completely (one side does, but not the other) so I rock my jaw back and forth. Because of that, sometimes I cause my jaw to crack. It’s kind of like grinding, I guess. Except I know I do it. And I don’t think I do it at night. I have had my jaw “lock” about 3 or 4 times, and in every case, I just took pain killers and kept my mouth relatively closed. After a few days, it goes back to normal. But don’t try and stretch it, it will not help and might even make it worse!

Right now I’m on Invisalign and my desire to do rock my jaw is a little bit less just because the aligners are helping with my bite. So I’m not sure if I’ll do it when I’m done. I actually stopped doing it completely for a few days, but now I’m back to rocking my jaw. I’m trying to keep it relaxed and not feel so OCD in doing it.

My dentist noticed that I clench my teeth when I swallow and I can hear some clicking when I swallow, but it’s not too loud when I’m eating. My dentist says he has some ideas on how to fix it, but I know he doesn’t specialize in TMJ. I will probably wait until I’m done with Invisalign, and then seek out someone who is.

I’m going to keep reading this thread. Very interesting to read all the different problems! I wish my jaw was just normal though!

 

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I did read the other posters stuff, so if I’m repeating I’m sorry. I have TMJ and also wear a night guard. I grind at night and go through a couple a year :/ I had a similar issue a couple years back. I had gone snorkeling and a little while later heard a horrible noise, that was more intense than the normal clicking, and then my jaw got stuck. It lasted for about a week or so. By what you’re describing though, it sounds quite a bit worse. I didn’t need pain meds, I just “babied” it, until it got better.

I would get the xray.

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