So 4 days ago, I got splint placed on my lower teeth for TMJ, and life's been hell since. Not only is it IMPOSSIBLE to chew food and my teeth hurts like hell, I can't fall asleep at night because this thing is SO ****** uncomfortable! The area behind my front lower teeth - it seems like this splint plastic is touching the nerves or something. It's hard to explain, but I've "gone to bed" at midnight and and I'm still up and it's 3:14am.
ANd this is horrible because it's exam week and I'm under huge amount of stress, not to mention I suffer from depression.
My Dr says I have to wear this for 6 months, ALL THE TIME and I see nothing but darkness ahead of me. He says I have a natural underbite which can ONLY be corrected by surgery which might happen after this brutal 6 months.
God......I don't know what I'm going to do, this is so depressing, I can't even eat my favourite food (which helps to relieve stress) and I can focus on nothing but this uncomfortable feeling in my mouth along with pain and .... words can't even describe this huge amount of distress and misery I feel right now.
Try to engage yourself in activities that take your mind off of it. If you just sit there and think about the splint in your mouth, you're never going to get used to it.
I have been in my lower repositioning splint for about 3 weeks now... and the first 10 days or so were not easy. After that, I pretty much forgot it was there.
I also had tooth pain which made it impossible to chew food without hurting, but that also went away. Sleeping for the first week was difficult but now I sleep much better than I did before.
Be patient and optimistic.
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I got my repositioning splint last June. I went in multiple times when I first got it for adjustments. The first adjustments were more major, but the remaining ones were for minor things that caused pain and irritation that I really didn't notice as much because of the major pain areas. My dentists office was even closed for 2 weeks not long after I got my splint and a technician came in on her days off to help me with adjustments so I didn't have to live with the pain.
Eventually you should be able to eat more. One caution though... some foods will remain difficult to eat. I have lots of trouble breaking down lettuce and typically just avoid it. I also find some artisan breads difficult to bite into. Chewy foods also cause some challenge. I have no diet restrictions, but choose not to eat some things because it just isn't easy.
Has your specialist recommended supplemental therapy? Your muscles are spasming and it can get worse with the repositioning splint because the muscles are fighting the change. I've been on muscle relaxers and prescription anti-inflammatories during some of my flares. I have found tons of relief through treatment my physical therapist. She does manual manipulation of my neck, head and facial muscles. This includes trigger point releases in my mouth of the masseter and pterygoid muscles. Massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments have also helped. My dentist has also recommend cranio-sacral therapy. In addition, he highly recommended that I eat foods that are anti-inflammatory (more information can be found on the internet if you search anti-inflammatory diets) and take supplements to help the body heal itself as well.
You might try some heat or ice to see if it helps in the short term. Ice will help with inflammation. Heat helps relax muscles some.