I've been experiencing TMJ for around 18 months now, tried the soft guard, ended up biting in to it. am now being fitted some sort of hard appliance (not sure of the name!). anyway, my TMJ basically comes from the fact my bottom jaw is "underdeveloped" meaning i have to position it slightly forwards to align with my top teeth. this tenses my jaw muscles, which tenses my neck and i get really bad headaches, earache etc. as you all know TMJ symptoms are widespread and affect many parts of your body.
i have fixed braces on my top teeth to close some gaps and bring them back a bit, i am also seeing a very nice ortho at the city;s Dental Hospital who by chance knows my own ortho and they are now in talks about what to do with me
! one thing they have suggested is an operation to move my lower jaw forwards to align properly, or more comfortably, so that i stop tensing throughout the day, thus helping my headaches! im not so fussed about the way my jaw looks, i look normal and its nothing anyone would notice other than an ortho!
sooooo my question is, operations - good or bad idea? ive read a couple of posts who say operations are an absolute last resort, although these operations seem to involve the jaw joint and cartilage etc where as mine is positioning.
has anyone ever had an operation? was it a success? i have just turned 19 years old and dont know if id regret it or not.