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Old 06-03-2005, 03:59 PM   #1
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Jaw position

I've been reading and wondering do most splints move your jaw forward or back. I guess my jaw is moving back, which I find weird because I have a little overbite and if my jaw moves back wont it plug my ears more? Who do you know who to trust. I hope I'm seeing the right person.

 
Old 06-04-2005, 12:47 AM   #2
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Re: Jaw position

Most are fitted to move forward, i believe, moves it away from putting pressure on your ears

 
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Old 06-06-2005, 06:32 AM   #3
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Re: Jaw position

My splint moves my lower jaw forward. It seems to stabilize the joint and lets the muscles relax.

 
Old 06-09-2005, 06:36 PM   #4
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Re: Jaw position

Those that are wearing a SPLINT: Is your splint on the top teeth or lower teeth? Do you eat with your splint installed? My wife is wearing her's on the lower teeth, and although I expected the jaw to move forward, her's appears to be moving back.

 
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Re: Jaw position

That doesn't sound quite right to me. My kid wears a lower repositioning splint. He wears it 24/7, even while eating. I would assume that pulling your jaw even further back would cause additional problems.

 
Old 06-11-2005, 08:24 PM   #6
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Re: Jaw position

I wear a lower during the day, but do not eat in it. My dentist doesn't want me to do w/o it more than 30 min. daily. I am a teacher and have no problems talking in it.
Then at night I wear an upper to keep from grinding and jaw from dropping. I had ear pain for a solid month, headaches, jaw tenderness, anxiety, and glands swollen until I found a TMJD specialist in my area of Texas.
He has worked wonders, and I am so relieved to have help. I am on the way to recovery and hopefully the splints will be temporary, at least the daytime one.
Using a straw, sleeping on my side or stomach, biting my inside jaw, chewing something tough, all seem to aggravate it, so I have learned what to avoid and take vitamin supplements, which all factor in healing. Sleep, rest, and walking also helps to reduce the inflamation.
I also did a lot of praying for relief and the right dentist!!!!!!!!!!
God bless you in your journey. It has been very tough and discouraging, but things are looking much better. There is HOPE!

 
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