I was wondering, has any one had relief after they had their wisdom teeth pulled?
I have a small mouth, and wondered if that on top of other things might be a contributing factor to my TMJD. I'm having all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed on the 2nd, and worried how that's all going to go, seeing as how even normal dentist visits bother my jaw for a week or so after. They're giving me IV sedation to relax my mouth enough to open, and knock me out.... any thoughts?
Last edited by Searching:S; 08-01-2005 at 05:32 PM.
Please keep us updated. I am in a similar dilemma at the moment. I have already had one severely impacted wisdom tooth removed after which I developed TMJD or I personally think it might be osteo from the various aches and consistant pain. A new dentist has just suggested that the remaining three might be causing it all. It doesn't seem right to me chronologically and the symptoms dont add up. I am truly wary of having the other three pulled after the increase in pain from the first one.
Take good care, fingers crossed,
well, so far, the pain is there... but it's better. I mean man it hurt when the pain meds. wore off the first 5 days, and then knocking down the dosage, that was bad, cause it still hurt. But now I'm off. And it's 9 days after the surgery, and it still hurts, but if I really think about it not like it did after the surgery. So it's getting better. Here's hoping this'll help in the long run.
We went to the fair on Mon. and I ate stuff, being careful, but not as careful as I had been, boy was I in a world of hurt the next day, all around head/jaw/mouth ache. so I took some pain meds and went to bed after tryiong everything else, and eventually got through that day. School starts a week from this coming Monday, so once that starts it'll be a tell tale sign of whether it was the teeth or stress being the biggest roll, which is my quess
I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to comment.
I've been dealing with headaches 24/7, pain in my ears, my neck, my shoulders and my jaw for over 10 years now. I typically take 15-18 tylenol per day, just to take the edge off of the pain, because they've never taken the pain away completely. I had 3 of my wisdom teeth removed about 13 years ago, but my dentist left the lower right one in. Over the past several years, I suspected that this wisdom tooth caused a lot of my problems, but my dentist refused to remove it. A part of me even wondered if ONE tooth could possibly cause SO much trouble?!? And after so many years of this suffering, could it REALLY be that simple? One tooth?
Well, after 10 years of struggling with the pain and trying everything I could - splints, medication, heat, cold, tmj specialist (who wanted to charge me $5000 to begin treatment) and begging my dentist to remove this d*** tooth, he did. Today is Monday, he removed it on Friday morning. I have been headache free and pain free since the instant he removed that last wisdom tooth. Go figure. I'm still in shock and I honestly don't know whether I should laugh and be thrilled, or cry. I'm still cautiously optimistic and I'm praying that I continue to be pain free. I mean, pain free. No headache, no fullness in the ears, no dizziness, no pain in my neck and shoulders, etc.
I guess my long drawn out reply is just to relate my experience for someone out there who might be in the same boat. I'm angry at myself for not INSISTING that he take this thing out sooner, or finding someone who would. But, it's out and I'm feeling like I have a new life. I certainly don't have the answers for everybody, and I empathize with those of you who continue to suffer.
^That is very interesting and thank you very much for posting! I am pleased that you have "finally" had that tooth removed and you are now having no pain. I have had four wisdom teeth removed but I still have one wisdom tooth left just like you did. I did ask to have the other one removed but I was told that I couldn't. They said that the tooth wouldn't be a problem because it hasn't come through the gum yet. But I have had pain on my gum where I still have my last wisdom tooth. I only have to brush my teeth lightly or eat an apple and the pains starts up. I told my dentist this a lot of times but she said that it shouldn't be my wisdom tooth that is causing it. My dentist has given me no explaination for the pain. I have had tmj for 6 years now and I have all the same symptoms as you had but I don't get much ear pain. I have head, jaw, neck and shoulder pain 24/7. But the thing is, I get the worse pain on the left side of my jaw but I no longer have any wisdom teeth there. So could my last wisdom tooth cause pain on the other side of my jaw?? I just want to know your opinion?
In my humble opinion, I think it may be worth checking out. The tooth that I recently had taken out was my lower right wisdom tooth. All these years I've had pain on both sides of my jaw, but it was definitely more severe on my right side, where the tooth was. The left side of my face/jaw/shoulder would act up every now and then, but it didn't compare to the pain on my right side. But, if your bite is off, like mine was, it can affect either side I would presume.
Every few months or so the area around my wisdom tooth would flare up and I'd have a lot of pain, just like you explained. It was so frustrating to keep it in there and deal with the pain, swelling, etc. that would occur every so often.
I was also told (MANY times) that my wisdom tooth had nothing to do with my pain. But again, as soon as that tooth was out, the pressure, pain and tension I'd had for over 10 years was gone. Poof! Just like that! My dentist finally listened to me....I hope yours does the same. I wish you luck!