I had at least 30% degeneration of my condyles when I was first diagnosed with tmjd. 2 specialists I consulted both agreed that it leaves me more significantly more prone to osteoarthritis down the road, especially if I didn't address it. I've been in tmjd treatment since. Most importantly, I've been addressing my bruxism issues which contributed to the bone loss and on re-establishing a 'proper' bite.
Most degeneration/bone loss of the condyles occurs after the tmj discs have slipped. When the bite is off, the load on the condyle bones increases significantly which contributes to the damage. We don't always feel the symptoms in the beginning.
I have seen some research out there that the bone loss could also be contributed to by estrogen levels that are off, particularly in those who have been on birth control. I'm not sure how important that factors in though.
I was told degenerative bone disease. That is all I know- but I think the surgeon did say something about arthritis, he said everyone gets this in life, but that I am a little too young to have this right now. He wants to see me again on Tuesday since I am not healing, but today I am not as bad. I still may go, he may refer me to a specialist down in UCLA, which would mean a drive for me. I am afraid of the cost. My bite has changed and maybe it's better now. I wear the custom guard at night, I did wear it in the day the past few days, for only an hour or so and today seems better but I am also still taking ibuprofen 3x a day, 600 mg each time so I am not sure how much pain I am in, lol. I used to stop taking it because I didn't want to have to keep taking it but the pain would always come back. So now I am consistent with taking it, even if I feel ok. I still can't open more than a fingertip without it feeling locked or tight. Sticking to soft foods, etc...
Yeah, I have never had this type of pain/feeling in my jaw before. It started in February after I was looking at my tongue a lot one day.
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