TMJ- Temporomandibular joint disorder

Viktor Vysheslav Malkin Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
Hey folks,

I was wondering if anyone has encountered this problem. I am not sure it is what I have. I have sever Jaw pain. Over the past month or so it started. It was in both jaw joint. Tonight it is just by right side. It hurts to chew food, and even talk. to clamp down with any kind of force it hurts. I brush my teeth everyday so I wouldn't think it would be a tooth problem, plus the teeth don't hurt.

I think it is me clinching my teeth as i sleep.

Anyone else encounter this problem.

I have heard that it could be a sinus infection, but I am skeptical.

Besides, I doubt I'll go to the doctor, haven't seen one in......almost 10 years.
11/21/2010
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ToyGeek ToyGeek
My best friend in high school had jaw pain from grinding her teeth, and it went away when she started wearing a wrestling mouth guard to bed. It couldn't hurt to try it.
11/22/2010
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
Your best bet would be to go to a dentist; they can get you a custom guard to stop you from clenching your teeth as well as relieve residual jaw pain.

(and they aren't *exactly* doctors!)

But if you don't want to/can't afford it/etc, then you can try googling and finding a mouth guard specifically for teeth grinding, and see if that helps.
11/22/2010
SexyTabby SexyTabby
They sell standard night guards in most general stores. If it's from clinching your teeth a dentist would be the place to start. They would send you to an oral surgeon to see if there is any real problem or if you just need a fitted night guard.
11/22/2010
buzzvibe buzzvibe
I have TMJD, and my symptoms are similar to what you're describing. I also have problems with my teeth where the enamel has been worn away by my grinding and jaw-clenching.

I'd say go see a doctor, though. It's worth getting checked out because it could just be a sinus or ear infection, which is easily remedied by antibiotics.
11/22/2010
Trashley Trashley
Quote:
Originally posted by SexyTabby
They sell standard night guards in most general stores. If it's from clinching your teeth a dentist would be the place to start. They would send you to an oral surgeon to see if there is any real problem or if you just need a fitted night guard.
No, no, noooooo I have it too and I tried all the CVS/Longs night guards and they suck! You can get better ones from your dentist even if they don't do it to fit your teeth directly, which is more expensive but worth it if you have the money. If you do buy a store one, though, make sure you get one that makes you clamp down in the center. This is super important! If you get ones that go on either side of the back of your teeth, you'll still try to bite down and tenderize your gums. If you get it in the center, it takes all that pressure off. To see what I'm talking about, you can put a pen or pencil in your molars and bite down. Got a good grip, right? Now try sticking it through your two front teeth, pointing straight back toward your throat. Harder to work those muscles like that, si?

Ahh... I love my dentist.
11/22/2010
OhMy! OhMy!
If you can find a specially trained and highly competent chiropractor, TMJ can possibly be resolved by a series of adjustments to the jaw specifically. If you are clenching your teeth or have other tooth/gum-related pain, you may want to get that addressed first by your dentist. If the pain persists, you'll want to talk to a chiro and even your general practitioner.
11/22/2010
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