TMJ problems AFTER wisdom tooth extraction..Normal or negligent?
I was diagnosed with a TMJ disorder last week after almost 3 months of pure pain and illness after getting my back upper wisdom teeth out. I had NO PROBLEMS AT ALL with anything like this prior to getting my wisdom teeth out...
since then I have missed work on numerous occasions b/c I was ill (nausea, dizziness, etc), or in severe pain (ear, head, neck), or had to go to a doctor (I went about 6 times to doctors), or had to go to a specialist, all to find out in the end that it was my TMJ.
even as I type this email the left ear is throbbing, my neck is sore, my hearing is very tunnely, and my head is pounding..this is normal for me now.
is this just a sad but possible outcome of getting wisdom teeth out, or was something done WRONG during the surgery to have caused this?? I am afraid I am going to have these major probelms for life now, even with the new bite guard I have to get now...yes my teeth will be saved, but I will still be in PAIN!!! ALL THE TIME!!
my denist never came out and said the TMJ probs were b/c of the tooth extraction, but I find it VERY COINCIDENTAL that from the moment they came out I have had NOTHING but problems and pain for almost THREE MONTHS NOW...I KNOW it was the surgery that did it...my bite was perfect, dentists told me that all the time!!!
[This message has been edited by scotianprincess (edited 05-01-2003).]
There could have been something the doctors did to give you tmj. It is common to get tmj becaues of having your teeth worked on. The funny thing with me is that I had tmj undiagnosed whne I had my wisdom teeth pulled out by an oral surgeon (a good friend of mine) and yet he never told me that I could have tmj. He knew all of my symptoms and yet had no clue what could be wrong with me. Now my jaw locks.
If I were you I would do more research, and straight out ask them how is it possible that you have tmj. You need to somehow get them to admit it to you. they did not tell you that there was a risk of getting it before your surgury di they?
I had never HEARD of this until a few weeks ago after posting a message on the dental board and someone referred me here..I was trying to figure out what was going on b/c no doctor knew..
so I looked into it, and found that I was experiencing the symtoms, and some symptoms that seem to be not-so-common...so no, the dentist never told me anything about that....
how can I get them to admit it without looking like I am fishing???
I just want to know HOW this happened..I am not an angry person and like to give anyone the benefit of the doubt, but the more I have thought about it lately, the more upset I am getting b/c this has affected my life immensely and I am so so tired of feeling this way...
the only response I got was "bite plate" nothing about how to fix the problem for good, what i need to do now, just BITE PLATE....
You need to see a tmj specialist that can also help you in the right direction. They can get x-rays of your joints done (Tomograph). this can also show you if what you have is muscular or something else (usually joint related). Bite splints help some people but not all. there are also many different types of them.
I would try to be very sweet to your doctor. Play very ignorant of the whole thing. Simply ask him how did you get it. And go from there according to his response.
I have had tmj for 6 years and throughout the 6 years I went undiagnosed, not from the lack of trying though.
Be careful with your splint because some of them can do more harm then good.
Re: TMJ problems AFTER wisdom tooth extraction..Normal or negligent?
My story is that I had TMJ but serious enough as yours. I got my wisdom teeth out two weeks ago (2 bottom 1 top) and my TMJ became insanely worse. The problem is though, I was still trying to recover from my wisdom teeth so waking up in the morning was painful. its like spranging your ankle and sleep-running and waking up wondering with throbbing pain in your ankle.
My doctor gave me muscle relaxers which is said to reduce the biting/grinding by 20%. I read up on something called masseter botox. its basically botox for your jaw muscles to numb them/make the muscles useless. It is said that eating and talking will not be affected. it is supposed to reduce the grinding by 60%. unfortunately, even though this is not for cosmetic purposes, insurance will not cover it. I just had it done and its supposed to be in full effect in 3 weeks. will keep you posted.