i'm new here - does anyone have this problem
I am a 59 year old female. I went through the change around 2003, lost my mother in 2002, and had a lot of stress around this time. In Dec 2004 I had a lot of tooth aches, pain, root canals. I decided to have the bottom back tooth pulled rather then spend money on a root canal and crown. Dentist said I will be sorry. I am.
I was grinding a lot, teeth were cracking. I got my first night guard. I moved out of state in 6/2005. I noticed my guard did not fit correctly. Got a new one, thinking my last dentist did a poor job of making a night guard.
then after my second night guard, noticed after a year it didn't fit right either. I seemed to be biting on my left side and my teeth ached in the morning. I had a crown filed down, and a root canal on the back right tooth as that was the tooth I kept biting on. I had a 3rd guard made that just fit on my two front teeth. Moved back to CA. back in 2004 I used to bite my nails. Now I can't bite on anything.
long story short, it has been determined that my teeth haven't shifted but my jaw has shifted rapidly in 6 years to the point where I only bite on 2 teeth with lots of space between all the rest.
Went to a specialist and he said on a scale from one to 10, I'm an 11!!!. My bite has shifted rapidly and if not corrected I will be able to put my thumb in my mouth without opening my jaw.
dr. Is stumped. exrays show a change in my jaw. I have NO PAIN, but starting to have a tired jaw. I will be getting a new guard and a nuclear MRI soon. Was tested for RA and that was negative.
Anyone have any experience with this? I will be seeing an oral surgeon soon.
Thanks in advance for any comments.