Originally Posted by Graves54
My 17 year old daughter saw the doctor. He said she might have TMJ. Her jaw pops when she bites on something hard, and has pain.
I use to have TMJ but it never popped loudly like hers does. He said to put ice and heat on it and take aleve.
She will have to get an MRI if it doesn't improve.
Can anyone tell me what other things you do for this TMJ pain? She is in school and also has carpal tunnel in on hand. I know the pain is making her depressed.
What do you think triggered the onset of her popping? Does she have muscular issues as well? Did she have braces earlier on ? The pop she hears is her disc being displaced, and then being recaptured . Over time, this can cause damage to the disc, so get to a tmj specialist to have an exam and x-rays. I don't know if you have to rush into an MRI, but definitely get tomograms and a panoramic done. If you need help locating a doc., look under the ICCMO, and look to see who is in your area that does neuromuscular dentistry as well as having training in functional Jaw Orthodics. Make sure that the doctor treats at least 40% tmj cases, and look for one that has at least 10-15yrs. experience. At the very least, she may be clenching at night, this puts major strain on the muscles and joints, so she may only need a nightguard. But if her lower jaw is out of alignment, she may need to be in a splint during the day as well. My tmjd started in highschool as well, it's very scary, and if it's left untreated, depending on the severity of the problem, you can get way worse. Good LUck----I wish her the best. ---J.