Originally Posted by violet89
No I don't get any clicking or popping when I open my mouth. At the moment I can only open around 2.5 cms- I literally can't open any wider- I just feel a tightness/resistance as if my mouth is incapable of opening further.
I have been wearing a 'full arch splint' which covers all my upper teeth but it just protects my teeeth's surfaces & I can still clench down.
Do you experience clicking? How long has your mouth not been opening properly? It's been 6 months for me. My opening varies from 17mm to 27mm, but varies day to day. The past 2 weeks have been extremely stressful for me & I know I have started clenching badly again & my opening is smaller.
I'd like to hear how you're going and any progress you're making
Yes, I do have clicking on both the right and left sides as I close my mouth if it has been open wider than 1.5cms or so. My mouth opening has been limited for about 3 months - since the muscle pressure and pain started. I am going to physical therapy and also to a craniofacial pain center. So far, no miraculous results, but I am hoping that it is just a matter of time and persistence. My current opening range varies from 31-34mm and I feel the same resistance that you do - just the feeling that it is not possible for my jaw to open any more.
I do now have two separate splints - one for the daytime and one to wear at night. The night splint is really just a mold of my teeth, with some additional fill right over my front four teeth or so. The dentist explained that since the molars generate the most force/pressure on the muscles and joints, the idea is to limit the clenching to just the front teeth so that you cannot do as much damage to your jaw. He did not, however, recommend the NTI device that you will see advertised sometimes.
Additionally, I have been prescribed a muscle relaxant (flexeril), but do not take it regularly since I am not convinced that it did more than just make me groggy, and I like to take as few medications as possible. You might also try a Magnesium supplement, which is good for muscle relaxation.