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Old 05-24-2012, 11:28 AM   #1
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TMJD caused by tooth extraction?

Hi All,

I have a wisdom tooth removed about 5 years ago. I found it to be very very traumatic. The pain, tightness and inability to open my jaw were evident immediately. It took about a year for me to be able to open my mouth normally.

The pain persists to this day. I often have difficulty chewing foods and the pain is sometimes quite pronounced. I was diagnosed with TMJ problems and some Dr's have suggest a "possible" disc displacement.

Anyway, the general dentist that removed by tooth claimed that my problem was due to an infection that was present in the days following extraction. But I think she used excessive force during the extraction and caused these issues.

I am wondering if others have had any experiences with Dentists causing TMJ permanent TMJ issues? Was this a plausible and known risk of wisdom tooth extraction?

Thanks!

 
Old 06-07-2012, 10:51 PM   #2
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Re: TMJD caused by tooth extraction?

Hi enigmapaul,

So sorry to hear about your experience with the extraction and all the problems you've had since. I appreciate your post - my own experience is similar to yours in some ways.

I had issues with headaches only for some time. Then I had a root canal (botched), infection and then a second root canal on the same tooth. The first canal was incredibly long and painful. Not long after this work, a pretty full-blown, severe TMJ picture emerged. No one knew what to diagnose me with so i spent over a year in crazy pain, not getting out of bed very often. I finally found my way to a NM dentist whose protocol was expensive and didn't do anything for me. In fact, he made me wear a night guard that made things worse. Finally found my way to a great NM dentist who put me in a functional splint and now braces. About 4 months into my splint treatment, the pain started to subside and by one year mark I was pretty close to pain free.

What I wonder is how much that dental work affected my getting the full blown TMJ picture. I know I have a misaligned bite (bottom jaw too low and too far back), but did the treatment push me over the edge? I have read that it's often not the dental work but having your jaw pried open for extended amounts of time that causes TMJ post dental work. i have also heard lots of stories on this site about others who have got TMJ after tooth extractions.

My guess is that if you have issues in your mouth or jaw, even mild ones, you are at risk for getting TMJ and dental work seems to be the trigger for manageable issues to become more serious.

I'm curious to hear other people's thoughts on this issue.

Enigmapaul, have you seen a great modern NM dentist? If you haven't, it's really worth travelling to see the best in your area. It seems that the longer issues are left, the worse they become and the harder they are to treat.

Hope things improve for you soon

 
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:12 PM   #3
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Re: TMJD caused by tooth extraction?

EnigmaPaul,

My situation is similar to yours. Drift back to 1969... West Virginia... poor, and 4 impacted wisdom teeth. My only option was to have them out in the oral surgeon's office. I was supposed to be "out", but an ice pick pain in my ear brought me out of anesthetic, and my hand went immediately to my ear. Of course, the surgeon berated me and made me put my hand down. After he was through with his machinations, he escorted me out of his office. All this time, my mouth was wide open. I remember him saying rather sarcastically, "You can close your mouth now." With mouth unable to close, I attempted to say, "I can't." He then came around the counter, grabbed me behind the head, and with the heel of his other hand, slammed up on my chin to close my mouth.

I have had constant jaw pain and migraines bad enough to cripple an elephant since that day. Every visit to the dentist, eating a steak, stress, and most recently, the gas after a colonoscopy results in migraines that refuse to leave for days.

Yes, damage can be done during dental work.

 
Old 06-13-2012, 06:15 PM   #4
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EnigmaPaul,

My situation is similar to yours. Drift back to 1969... West Virginia... poor, and 4 impacted wisdom teeth. My only option was to have them out in the oral surgeon's office. I was supposed to be "out", but an ice pick pain in my ear brought me out of anesthetic, and my hand went immediately to my ear. Of course, the surgeon berated me and made me put my hand down. After he was through with his machinations, he escorted me out of his office. All this time, my mouth was wide open. I remember him saying rather sarcastically, "You can close your mouth now." With mouth unable to close, I attempted to say, "I can't." He then came around the counter, grabbed me behind the head, and with the heel of his other hand, slammed up on my chin to close my mouth.

I have had constant jaw pain and migraines bad enough to cripple an elephant since that day. Every visit to the dentist, eating a steak, stress, and most recently, the gas after a colonoscopy results in migraines that refuse to leave for days.

Yes, damage can be done during dental work.

 
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