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Old 05-12-2003, 03:46 PM   #1
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Post Carol_In_California/ear sufferers? What type of splints do you use?

Hello there,

After X rays the dental hospital has diagnosed me with a muscular not joint problem with severe ear symptoms. It's a pretty reputable dental hospital so I hope I can trust their diagnosis, I know sometimes X rays are read wrong, although the specialist did seem v, informed and confident. I'm on a waiting list for them to make me a splint for clenching. In the meantime I'm using an NTI splint that I got in a moment of I need to do something now desperation - but it doesn't seem to be making any difference at all. I think it's probably better for other tmjd related symptoms.

Just wondering what type of splints the people who predominantly have ear symptoms have had any success with. Were you diagnosed with muscular or joint related tmjd? Did you use re positioning splints or splints for clenching?I guess I'm wondering if there's a pattern with people who predominantly experience this problem in their ears - i.e muscular rather than joint related. Carol_In_California, I know you had a lot of success with your splint - very curious what type this was and what type of tmjd you were diagnosed with, as my symptoms are pretty similiar to those you have described.

Many thanks in advance,


Old 05-13-2003, 08:04 AM   #2
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An anterior repositioning splint is designed to help with ear symptoms because it allows your jaw to move forward, thereby creating more space in the joint for the ligaments and muscles to return to normal. Your TMJ and inner ear are very close in proximity, so moving your jaw slightly forward should also ease some of the pressure around your inner ear.

Unfortunately, this type of splint hasn't worked for me yet, but I'm probably one of the exceptions to the rule.
I hope this helps some.


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Old 05-13-2003, 08:13 AM   #3
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Hi there Crystal,

Thanks for your reply - sorry your splint hasn't worked for you yet.

The only thing is - my X rays showed that my jaw joints are in the right place and my problem is only muscular (I hope the reading of the X ray was correct!) I'm presuming in this case an anterior repositioning splint wouldn't be an option for me?

It's so confusing - sigh - wish the whole rubbish illness would just go away and leave me alone, lol.


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