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Old 10-31-2009, 08:42 AM   #1
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why does my jaw pull to one side

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Re: why does my jaw pull to one side

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why does my jaw pull to one side
HI--can't tell you exactly why in your case, but mine has a weird sort of gate upon closing because one of my discs is gone, or severely damaged. I have a lot of grating on that side of course. Something must be dislocated to have a deviation like that. A good tmjd specialist could tell you why.

 
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Old 10-31-2009, 10:47 AM   #3
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Re: why does my jaw pull to one side

I would also love to know the answer to this. In my case, most have said it is muscle which, yes, that is one reason but I also know that if changes have taken place in the joint ( i.e. slipped disk, degeneraton) than this would also occur. In my particular situation I think that is where my teeth once fit together and where my muscles were adapted to. Now, I have no bite (an open anterior, and only sitting on my second molars) and my jaw wants to go back to the left where my teeth once fit together. In essence, I think that a well made, properly adjusted splint would eventually cancel out this improper muscle activity. BUT, that is the hard part. Finding someone who is skilled. I have been to tons of dentists and very few know how to adjust a splint when someone's bite and joints are unstable. I think most of them are only successful at adjusting nightguards for their patients whose bites are stable. I think if my jaw would stop pulling to the left I would have been pain free by now. It has been 5 years for me. How long for you and does the pull cause your muscle spasms?

 
Old 10-31-2009, 02:06 PM   #4
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Re: why does my jaw pull to one side

Chances are, and this is very likely, that your bite has shifted and your jaw is trying to compensate. Have you had any recent work done (dental)? Lost a tooth? Been in an accident? The jaw shifts because your teeth, both upper and lower are like puzzle pieces that need to fit together. If they don't, the jaw will move to compensate, so you are on the right track.

You will need to find a dentist who can evaluate you and see where your bite needs to be and create a splint that slowly, over time, will move the jaw over or around. I see a dentist here in Atlanta who is doing just that. My main issues was neck pain and ear pain from having spasms in the muscles involved in swallowing and mastication.

My muscle spasms started immediately. I would research TMJ specialists in your area. In my experience orthodontists are NOT the people to go to.

When my splint was made it was made so that it is never adjusted; it is fit to where my teeth should comfortably be in it and aligned. My jaw was off to the left by 5mm and I blame this on a crown I received after a root canal throwing my bite off. I started feeling pain and severe vertigo within 1-2 months.

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Old 10-31-2009, 03:29 PM   #5
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Re: why does my jaw pull to one side

I dislocated my jaw when I was four in an accident. But I'm in my 40's now. I've had some clenching for the last 10 years or so, mostly at night and have never had much success with night guards. I have always had a sort of crooked smile but always thought it was a muscle thing or just you know - genetic. Anyway, my voice teacher stopped me while singing the other day and said I needed to move my jaw over to the left, I looked at her funny and she said can't you tell that your jaw is pulling to the right? I said no, but when I corrected it till she said it straight, it hurt feeling it was way too far to the left. I came home and looked in the mirror and watched as I slowly opened my mouth all the way - it opens almost in a perfect diagonal. Last week I noticed a pain in the joint just in front of my ear on that same right side. It got worse and worse and I rubbed it and kept trying to open my mouth to release the tension, but it got so bad that I began to think I was getting an ear infection. Finally I got some IB profen and soon the pain was gone and hasn't come back since then. I am concerned that this is only going to get worse. I mentioned to my dentist some jaw clenching and he didn't seem concerned at the time. So I don't think he is up on this sort of thing.



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HI--can't tell you exactly why in your case, but mine has a weird sort of gate upon closing because one of my discs is gone, or severely damaged. I have a lot of grating on that side of course. Something must be dislocated to have a deviation like that. A good tmjd specialist could tell you why.

 
Old 10-31-2009, 03:35 PM   #6
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Re: why does my jaw pull to one side

I have had some jaw clenching for about 10 years. But dislocated my jaw when I was four. I'm in my forties now. I've never heard of a slipped disk in a persons jaw before, only in the spine. Are you talking about a slipped disk in the spine affecting the jaw?
I had a weird thing happen last week - I noticed a pain in the joint in front of my ear. It felt like a pressure pain, like my jaw was being pressed apart. I kept massaging it, opening and closing as if to let my ear pop, but it just got worse and worse till I took some IBprofen. Then the pain went away and hasn't come back - yet. I began to wonder if I was getting an ear infection but since the pain didn't return after the profen wore off - I figure it must be my jaw. I'm not sure if that was muscle spasms or not?



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I would also love to know the answer to this. In my case, most have said it is muscle which, yes, that is one reason but I also know that if changes have taken place in the joint ( i.e. slipped disk, degeneraton) than this would also occur. In my particular situation I think that is where my teeth once fit together and where my muscles were adapted to. Now, I have no bite (an open anterior, and only sitting on my second molars) and my jaw wants to go back to the left where my teeth once fit together. In essence, I think that a well made, properly adjusted splint would eventually cancel out this improper muscle activity. BUT, that is the hard part. Finding someone who is skilled. I have been to tons of dentists and very few know how to adjust a splint when someone's bite and joints are unstable. I think most of them are only successful at adjusting nightguards for their patients whose bites are stable. I think if my jaw would stop pulling to the left I would have been pain free by now. It has been 5 years for me. How long for you and does the pull cause your muscle spasms?

 
Old 10-31-2009, 03:42 PM   #7
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Re: why does my jaw pull to one side

That is very interesting - I did have some work done a month or so ago. I remember feeling like the bite was off when he was done and asked him to check it again. He said it looked good. But my teeth DO fit together when my jaw is closed, but when I open it opens diagonally and it was brought to my attention by my voice coach. She was very suprised that I didn't know it was crooked. I have had some pain in my right jaw joint and in my right ear that I have had to take an anti-inflammatory for. I will talk to my dentist again.
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