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Old 08-25-2009, 05:21 AM   #1
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daughters jaw popping

My daughter had brace put on two years ago and then in April had oral surgery. Two weeks later her jaw starting popping in and out. Ortho days it was from the oral surgery and will heal. Well, 4 months later, and still ,it is popping. She sings and worries because it seems to get stuck when she does. Should I see a specialist or wait until the brace are off? I also want to sue the oral surgeon, since this never happened until then the the problem was with the front tooth, so why open the jaw so wide that it pops out? I am so mad about this for her. I have jaw arthritis and it is miserable, but I am 49, she is too young for this mess. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Re: daughters jaw popping

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My daughter had brace put on two years ago and then in April had oral surgery. Two weeks later her jaw starting popping in and out. Ortho days it was from the oral surgery and will heal. Well, 4 months later, and still ,it is popping. She sings and worries because it seems to get stuck when she does. Should I see a specialist or wait until the brace are off? I also want to sue the oral surgeon, since this never happened until then the the problem was with the front tooth, so why open the jaw so wide that it pops out? I am so mad about this for her. I have jaw arthritis and it is miserable, but I am 49, she is too young for this mess. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks
Hi--this is my worst nightmare too since my daughter is going into ortho. work as well. I'm so sorry to hear about what she is going through. It sounds like the oral surgeon, or the orthodontist for that matter dislocated one of her discs, or heaven forbid her teeth weren't put in the right position. This is exactly how my tmj started. You will need to get her an MRI probably to make sure where her discs are, --if the surgeon opened her too wide, he might have dislocated or damaged a disc. When she is popping her discs are being displaced and the actual pop I believe is the disc coming back into position. This is serious because if she begins locking, sometimes this can cause damage if you try to force the jaw open. If she does happen to lock, have her gag herself pretty hard. Sometimes this will recapture your disc and then you will know right away if you can open normally. It saved me at least twice in my life, so I'm Proof that it does work. Get all her x-rays and medical info. from her ortho. and surgeon, especially if you are entering into legal issues. Document everything. If it were my daughter, I would get her an MRI immediatly and find the best tmj specialist who is also a functional jaw orthodontist to get a consult with. Mine is in the upper midwest if you want his name. I don't want to freak you out., but this is extremely serious and what you do right now will make or break her chances of developing full blown tmjd in the future. You need a good specialist's consult. I wish you both the best of luck------J.

 
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Old 08-25-2009, 01:16 PM   #3
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Re: daughters jaw popping

Thanks so much for your input. We just got back for the ortho who says once the braces are off and the bite is back where it should be, she will be fine. I sure hope so, i worry so much. I think an MRI is a great idea too. The ortho says they anre seeing more of this and many are predisposed. Really? Maybe if they stopped overextending their jaws, they wouldnt be seeing so much of this.

I am sorry for your problems with this and hope your daughters will be kept at bay. I have jaw arthritis and it is awful. I saw a specialist in NJ, Dr. Klemons, who would do my treatment for $6500, but I can't do that, but, I will take my daughter there after the braces come off and do it for her so she doesn't suffer with this.

Thanks soooo much

 
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I wish my mom thought like you. I lost EVERYTHING because of medical debt and literally had no bed to sleep on. Thank you for being a compassionate mom.

 
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Re: daughters jaw popping

I hope things are getting better for you. This is a very misunderstood illness and can ruin you. I really, really hope better days are ahead.

 
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