Help please. Need advice. New case.
4 weeks ago I noticed clicking in my left tmj area. I saw my dentist who declared it was "crepitis" even though he had no x-rays to view. Said he could make a nightguard...saw a maxillofacial surgeon who said he could make a splint to open joint space to allow healing at night...I asked him about repositioning. He said my disc was damaged and I was screwed.
Bottom line is I am getting nowhere with these people and I am worried. My right side has begun to click too. Here are my symptoms:
Left side clicks on very slight opening and side to side movement. Right side is beginning to do same. When it started my muscles were tight due to stress of situation, but not now. I can eat without pain but major clicking. This all came on after a stressful time in my life...but I do not believe I grind or clench at night. I did buy a storebought mouthguard and used for a couple of weeks.
What can I do NOW to manage this so I can be around to see my kids grow up? I would like to hear from anyone dealing with this and what they have done to manage their symptoms. I understand there isn't much that can be done and I won't consider surgery.
I have stopped chewing gum, try to sleep on back/side, etc. Sometimes I wake up and jaw seems to really grind (prob due to bad sleep position with jaw out of whack...this scares the **** outa me). My spouse thinks I am whining...but she hasn't read this board.
Had x-rays done which showed "normal" bones. I am going to try and have an MRI done soon. Can clicking like this be anything else other than a displaced disc?? My teeth are a bit sensitive at times during day, mostly front teeth, and bite seems to be normal as well.
Please let me know what you think. Thanks so much!
Last edited by PhilinCal; 05-24-2009 at 05:56 PM.