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Jaw clenching/ TMJ

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 20, 2008
  • 06:10 AM

I've been having problems with jaw clenching for 2 years now. It effects what I eat, how I chew, yawning, etc. My face always hurts because of it. Anyone have the same problem? Maybe we could help each other out.

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  • I notice your question was several months ago so I hope you are still checking for replies!!10 years ago I suffered from my jaw locking in the morning and I couldn't get my toothbrush into my mouth. For over three months this happened and it always corrected itself and didn't happen again until the next morning. That was a warning sign that I wish I had listened to.One morning I woke up and my jaw would not correct and wouldn't open at all. I went to the emergency room at the hospital and wont go into the horrific experiences I went through until I found someone who I thought could help. He was a maxilla facial surgeon. He eventually managed to make an impression (painfully) to make a splint (mouthguard) for my mouth which he told me to wear and in 95% of instances would correct the problem - the little cartiledge in my mandibular joint had expelled itself.After three months of agonizing pain and no correction I still couldn't open my mouth or move my tongue around my mouth when I took liquidized food. After six months I eventually went for open jaw surgery to stitch the cartiledge back into its place. It was a four hour operation and I was in immense pain when I woke up. I still couldn't open my mouth and had to relearn how to open through physio therapy - I had to force one flat spatula stick (like the doctor uses to look at your throat) into my mouth - an extra one if I could every day - it took three months to get my mouth opened and working again - and it was painful. My mouth however still couldn't open to get a small sandwich into it or hardly any size of food into it.However I was now also faced with a different problem - my bite no longer fitted and my jaw would go into spasm as the upper and lower teeth didn't rest together properly Two years later and much pain, I found a wonderful holistic dentist who took me step by step and restructured my whole mouth. I looked like I had a stroke after the operation and he slowly, and painfully for me, corrected my face and teeth and worked on my TMJ joint - he was horrified that I had had surgery and said that he could have corrected the problem without surgery.It has taken me nine years and I am still not finished! I now live in USA (used to live in Scotland) Many of my teeth crumbled after the braces that were used to move my jaw - I needed many root canals and now most of my teeth are crowned. I lost two teeth together as the root canals failed - and I need them to balance my mouth so I am now waiting to have teeth implants when I can afford them!!My teeth still cannot be out of balance even by the smallest fraction or my jaw goes into a painful spasm. I am blessed to have found a wonderful dentist in Hawaii where I now live, who is helping me through the rest of my treatment.My warning to anyone who has painful TMJ problems - is don't ignore them like I did - go find a dentist who understands about these issues - and don't settle for one who doesn't - keep looking until you find them - they will become your best friend even in the midst of all the pain!!
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  • I've also been having pain in my jaw for approx. 2 years...erays show nothing. Dentist feels massage is needed. When it started I was unable to bite anything. It has improved but I still have trouble chewing and yawning is so painful. I would be interested to know what information you've been given. I have Rhumatoid Arthritis and am wondering if this could have anything to do with it. My doctor says there is no sign of it in my jaw....
    hapinest 2 Replies
    • August 30, 2009
    • 11:00 AM
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  • I've been having problems with jaw clenching for 2 years now. It effects what I eat, how I chew, yawning, etc. My face always hurts because of it. Anyone have the same problem? Maybe we could help each other out.Your problem is stress/anxiety maybe, I had the same thing when I sleep. I got a mouth guard and it stopped me. After I stopped using the guard it came back, I'm postive my issue was all stress related. Johnwww.hyporelief.com
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 30, 2009
    • 04:37 PM
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  • Your problem is stress/anxiety maybe, I had the same thing when I sleep. I got a mouth guard and it stopped me. After I stopped using the guard it came back, I'm postive my issue was all stress related. Johnwww.hyporelief.com Thanks JohnMy dentist thought it could be stress related but didn't think the mouth guard would help as he said they were uncomfortable and very difficult to keep in. Do you need to use your guard all the time to keep it at bay?
    hapinest 2 Replies
    • August 31, 2009
    • 09:49 AM
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  • Thanks JohnMy dentist thought it could be stress related but didn't think the mouth guard would help as he said they were uncomfortable and very difficult to keep in. Do you need to use your guard all the time to keep it at bay?Hi HapinestI wear a guard at night time to stop the clenching while I sleep and that helps a lot. I don't wear it at all through the day.You said your dentist suggested massage - if you can find someone who does sacral cranial therapy that will help tremendously - my holistic dentist did that for me along with my extensive treatment I had - it really helped a lot.My whole nightmare was triggered by a very stressful job - so find a way to get the stress under control!!
    geemel 10 Replies
    • September 3, 2009
    • 01:30 AM
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  • Thanks JohnMy dentist thought it could be stress related but didn't think the mouth guard would help as he said they were uncomfortable and very difficult to keep in. Do you need to use your guard all the time to keep it at bay?The mouth guard is not bad at all, you get used to it 100%, I just use it when I sleep at night. I sleep even better with it in now! Just make sure you get your dentist to build you a mold for it, do not use an over the counter one.Johnwww.hyporelief.com
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 4, 2009
    • 03:42 PM
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  • Speak to your dentist about your TMJ problem. Your dentist may suggest trying a TMJ appliance or bite plate. This is the easiest first step that may solve the problem. More complex forms of treatment involve surgery.
    thornhilldental 3 Replies
    • January 2, 2010
    • 05:51 AM
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