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Old 09-17-2012, 11:28 AM   #1
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tmj splint

Displaced disc-i don't need surgery but have been made a lower repositioning splint.I never had symptoms until I went through an emotional trauma which led to severe symptoms. I suffered 4months as I didn't know what was happening but now found a good dentist Have been wearing lower splint for 2months but no change yet. Have now been prescribed to take valium to take anxiety away from trauma I went through. I am dibilitated at moment but force myslf to do yoga and go for short walks. My symptoms are mainly eye pressure, neck clicking and pain,ear pressure,restricted opening of jaw.due to eye pressure can't watch tv or work on computer.
I will remain patient and pesevere but need to hear success stories from those who have worn splints.
Sick of the negativity on the internet about splints not working.

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Old 09-18-2012, 08:41 AM   #2
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Re: tmj splint

I too am dealing with a displaced R disk. I currently switch between two different splints for relief. I wear my (upper) repositioning splint when my clicking/crunching joint acts up. Usually this means that when I chew, my teeth don't quite meet, or that while I'm talking, my teeth unexpectedly slam together. I've found that when I've gotten to the point of "no control" of the joint, this splint helps to bring things back into alignment.
The problem I have with this though, is that after a week or two of wearing it, my continual clenching (day) and grinding (night) cause my jaw and neck muscles to go into massive spasms.
This is when I switch back to my NTI splint. Unfortunately, even though my NTI does wonders for my sore muscles and headaches, sooner than later, my jaw looses it alignment again which causes my teeth to once again smash and crash against each other, and other loud mouth noises that I can't control.
BTW, I never switch back and forth without first seeing my TMJ specialist (DR Phillip Doyle).

 
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:32 AM   #3
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Hang in there Ann. My disc displaced suddenly in May this year. I couldn't open my mouth to even put a toothbrush inside and my pain & pressure in ears were severe. My TMJ dentist put me in a lower splint which I wear 24/7. It can take various amounts of times to find relief. I was sick of all the negativity too and was so worried to even try the splint therapy. I was up and down like a yo yo for first 2 months. I am now feeling heaps better with my jaw now opening up to 3cm and have little to no pain.
It's a scary thing to have this happen to you as not many people at all understand or know about it. Hang in there Ann, it just takes time and patience

 
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:30 AM   #4
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Hang in there Ann. My disc displaced suddenly in May this year. I couldn't open my mouth to even put a toothbrush inside and my pain & pressure in ears were severe. My TMJ dentist put me in a lower splint which I wear 24/7. It can take various amounts of times to find relief. I was sick of all the negativity too and was so worried to even try the splint therapy. I was up and down like a yo yo for first 2 months. I am now feeling heaps better with my jaw now opening up to 3cm and have little to no pain.
It's a scary thing to have this happen to you as not many people at all understand or know about it. Hang in there Ann, it just takes time and patience
Thankyou jay for your response. My tmj started I believe after removal of wisdom teeth back ,I noticed jaw clicking,neck cliking and right side of jaw would lock if for example I yawned or ate a burger. However this caused no other symptoms, last year or so - deveoped eye strain if on laptop or pc. Or tv too long-this would generally subside after a good rest for the eyes. Only after my emotional trauma back in march 2012 I had the onset of all these symptoms. It stopped my life,I have gone from a happy,confident 32yr old to this person in constant agony. As I mentioned before my ear pressure is there. Esp if the wind catches it but mainly its they awful eye pressure and neck tension clicking.
I am able to brush my teeth with comfort and don't have much jaw pain.
Anyways 8 weeks now into splint therapy (in UK am fortunate to have had mri done on our national health service) I am not seeing a bit of difference in symptoms but have kicked myslf out of bed and trying damn hard to exercise(previous to all this I was a very active person working out 3times a week. I'm still not bak at work as my eye pressure won't allow me and my balance is a bit weird.
I'd like to know how your splint therapy is going- my tmj dentist does regular adjustments in btwn.
I was reluctant to take valium (2mg)-i wanted to just rely on the splint but I suppose I need some help to get through the day.but because of the trauma I went through my fr and dentist see it worth a shot and might help the process.
I'm sorry this is so long winded you must be bored to tears by now but I am seeing a chiropractor who does soft tissue massaging on neck,shoulders and jaw. I've heard of trigger point therapy but am concerned that may move disc more out of place.
I have so many dreams and hope to live a healthy life once again-i wonder if -'ll ever be the same again....scared at times, hopeful at times but a biq quesation mark lurks on the length of time. Please keep me informed of your ttimeline.
Best wishes.xxx

 
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:27 AM   #5
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Hang in there Ann. My disc displaced suddenly in May this year. I couldn't open my mouth to even put a toothbrush inside and my pain & pressure in ears were severe. My TMJ dentist put me in a lower splint which I wear 24/7. It can take various amounts of times to find relief. I was sick of all the negativity too and was so worried to even try the splint therapy. I was up and down like a yo yo for first 2 months. I am now feeling heaps better with my jaw now opening up to 3cm and have little to no pain.
It's a scary thing to have this happen to you as not many people at all understand or know about it. Hang in there Ann, it just takes time and patience
Hi Jay, I am also an Aussie and have been trying for years to find a decent TMJ dentist, etc. I have an absolutely lancinating ear ache, and have tried a splint briefly. I would love the name of the TMJ dentist you saw, because although I am not from Queensland, I could contact them and find out if they could recommend someone in my state. Regards, Sylbia13

 
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:23 AM   #6
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Re: tmj splint

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Displaced disc-i don't need surgery but have been made a lower repositioning splint.I never had symptoms until I went through an emotional trauma which led to severe symptoms. I suffered 4months as I didn't know what was happening but now found a good dentist Have been wearing lower splint for 2months but no change yet. Have now been prescribed to take valium to take anxiety away from trauma I went through. I am dibilitated at moment but force myslf to do yoga and go for short walks. My symptoms are mainly eye pressure, neck clicking and pain,ear pressure,restricted opening of jaw.due to eye pressure can't watch tv or work on computer.
I will remain patient and pesevere but need to hear success stories from those who have worn splints.
Sick of the negativity on the internet about splints not working.
Hi Ann,
Do you know how displaced you discs are in your MRI scan, were they displaced with or without reduction.
I had treatment with a splint in the UK, and also had orthodontics at the same time to reposition my lower jaw further forward. Before treatment I had a very loud clunk in my right TMJ on every opening, which now only occurs when I move my jaw while cleaning my teeth. I wore my splint 24/7 for 2 years before he clunk completely improved, but while that has gone I now having a different type of grating noise in my opposite TMJ.
Do you have a splint which you wear 24/7?

 
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:15 PM   #7
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Hi Ann,
Do you know how displaced you discs are in your MRI scan, were they displaced with or without reduction.
I had treatment with a splint in the UK, and also had orthodontics at the same time to reposition my lower jaw further forward. Before treatment I had a very loud clunk in my right TMJ on every opening, which now only occurs when I move my jaw while cleaning my teeth. I wore my splint 24/7 for 2 years before he clunk completely improved, but while that has gone I now having a different type of grating noise in my opposite TMJ.
Do you have a splint which you wear 24/7?
Hi amanda,I do wear my splint 24/7-its very discreet
I had two further readings on my mri scan by top people who both say my
Discs both right and left are in a good position.I have been explained its
Muscle spasms around jaw hence pushing discs and neck and especially
Muscles behind eyes. I wasn't satisfied with nhs readings that why I got 2more opinions. They are keeping me on lower splint which I'm now in 3rd month and valium which I'm on for the 5th week. Coz mine occurred after
A horrible trauma in my life they feel combination of valium,splint and counselling will help me. I been home 7mths so obviously anxiety gonna kick in but I try to be positive, I keep a clear head,meditate etc. My clicking is no longer there but grating on left side sometimes.I had clicking on rite side for 3yrs but no other symptoms now I have no clicking but neck and eye pressure seriously too much to handle. I'm nt sure how long I will hav to wear my splint but have faith in my dentist.I'm very determined to get my life back-can I ask if had eye pressure and do u work. I can't work cos computer would make the pressure worse. How long this will take to get to a stage where u can lead a normal life?

 
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:28 AM   #8
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Re: tmj splint

Hi Ann,
I have pain in the left side of my face, left ear and left eye, which feels like a combination of muscle and nerve pain. The muscle pain is feeling a bit better than it was before I started my dental treatment, but the nerve type pain which affects my left face and eye is still there. I don't work because of the pain, as I also find it hard to work for long at a computer, and my last job involved working full time at a computer. My TMJ symptoms affected my ability to think straight and concentrate on my work.

As to how long it would take to get to the stage of leading a normal life, I really have no idea, and it's something I am wondering myself. I assume it depends on how damaged the TMJs and discs are, and how displaced the discs are, and whether the dentist doing the treatment has got the jaw and occlusion aligned as best as possible in order to recapture the discs and give the best chance possible for the joints to heal.

Not all MRI images are clear enough to read exactly where the discs are, so my understanding is that they can often get that wrong. The dentist who has been treating me referred me to the London imaging centre for me to have my MRI done privately, as he said the quality of MRI images are much better, and also the radiologist who reads the MRI and writes the MRI report is reliable at reading where the discs are positioned, and writes thorough and accurate MRI reports.

 
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:25 PM   #9
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Hi Ann,


Ann,

Did your doctor explain to you why you couldn't open your mouth wide? Usually it is caused by disc displacement without reduction.

I also have dreams about going back to normal again. Never lose hope!

- Jen

 
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:43 AM   #10
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Hi Ann,
Do you know how displaced you discs are in your MRI scan, were they displaced with or without reduction.
I had treatment with a splint in the UK, and also had orthodontics at the same time to reposition my lower jaw further forward. Before treatment I had a very loud clunk in my right TMJ on every opening, which now only occurs when I move my jaw while cleaning my teeth. I wore my splint 24/7 for 2 years before he clunk completely improved, but while that has gone I now having a different type of grating noise in my opposite TMJ.
Do you have a splint which you wear 24/7?
Hi amanda,
Since that post I had 2further opinions on my mri which both revealed my discs are in normal position (I have severe muscle spasms) I do have to wear lower splint 24/7-i have been wearing for almost 5months-the clicking has stopped,get slight grating but not much pain in jaw region anymore. I have now been advised to start wearing less during day but a must at night. My clicking has gone,my ear pressure/popping is reducing.because my tmj severed after an incident 9mths ago I was in shock and this affected my balance and constant vomitting-i take diazepham 2mg for dat for the last 4mths-am trying to wean off dat...my biggest symptoms are severe eye strain (I feel like pulling my eyes out) and neck and shoulder pain. I am seeing a oesteo who does trigger point therapy I have had 2sessions-he admits my tmj is severe but is optimistic,I. Will see how it goes. I have done a lot of research and everybody is so different-this is not just dental but gp and a GOOD oesteo/chiro-the guy iseeing is honest and most ppl go to him as a last resort, I work on my mind a lot these days,am reading a book which I can suggest to u if u like. I don't go on the forums anymore-reason being it plants negativity in my mind.tho its nice to hear other ppl and u feel not so alone I think they breed on negativity but I was more than happy to reply to u. Do u have any symptoms?

 
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:00 AM   #11
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Hi jen,
My mouth restriction in opening has improved since splint but my discs are in normal position its muscle spasms.
Its a challenging journey but we still have a choice,to give up (very easy) or to keep hope.
I'm working a lot on my mind recently ,its a powerful thing our mind and I believe its connection with the body is phenomenol. There's a british author whose book is great, he simply sais we must continue our treatments,take medicine but also work on the mind which is where I'm at , at the moment.
The day my severe eyestrain and shoulder pain go and I'm bak at work opening my mouth wide enough to eat a subway sandwich I'll be a very happy girl. Believe and it will be!

 
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:36 AM   #12
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Hi Jay, I am also an Aussie and have been trying for years to find a decent TMJ dentist, etc. I have an absolutely lancinating ear ache, and have tried a splint briefly. I would love the name of the TMJ dentist you saw, because although I am not from Queensland, I could contact them and find out if they could recommend someone in my state. Regards, Sylbia13

 
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:37 AM   #13
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Hi my TMJ dentist is called Dr Cameron Arnold, Smiles in Townsville. Good luck
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