TMJ

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  1. lucybelle

    lucybelle Connoisseur

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    Does anyone here have TMJ or know anyone with it?

    It's basically a popping and pain in the jaw.

    I've always been able to control my TMJ by not chewing gum, not eating chewy foods, etc. But about a week ago I went to the dentist and she replaced a filling. So I had my mouth open for a long time. Ever since then I have been in almost constant pain. It hurts to open my mouth even a little bit. I've been living off yogurt and smoothies. This morning I woke up and it feels like someone kicked me in my face.

    Anyone have any advice or experiences?:help:

    I took a few ibuprofen but I have a feeling it's not going to help anything.
     
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  3. MrsC

    MrsC Multitudinous

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    One of our teachers suffers from it. She had surgery last year and that has helped tremendously. She's away today, but I can ask her more tomorrow.
     
  4. lucybelle

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    Hmm good point! I have an appointment on Monday with my normal dentist in the USA. I decided to make one after this dentist here in CR told me I have eight cavities...:huh:
     
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    I was thinking the filling was too large and not ground down properly to allow you to have the same bite as before. If that is not it and TMJ has always been an issue, my youngest ended up getting a night guard. It doesn't allow the jaw to clench at night. It is a misnomer because it was to be worn at all times for a while.
     
  6. FarFromHome

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    I probably have it. My jaw pops all the time. I can make it pop by opening my mouth certain ways. I remember having some pain a few times when I was younger, but I haven't had any pain in years. So I just haven't done anything about it! I probably should get it checked out!

    I hope the pain gets better for you! Monday is a long ways away when you're in pain!
     
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    My ex had it, the dentist make her night guard (like a retainer) she said it really helped
     
  8. scooter503

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    You could also try seeing a chiropractor.
     
  9. Peachyness

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    This sounds far-fetched but hubby used to have issues with his jaw pretty badly. Popping, sometimes he would wake up with his jaw locked in place, etc. Well, back in college, he decided to give up milk for unrelated reasons, and noticed that his issues with his jaw just went away. He hasn't had any problems since. I know it sounds weird but that's what ended up helping him.
     
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    And, did you mean to link to a photo? :D
     
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    I have TMJ. Never had any problems til I got a crown. Dentist fitted it for a "proper" bite, not my actual bite. Lots of pain until I went to a different dentist who buzzed it down for me.
     

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