Re: Tmj splint so uncomfortable
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.
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