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Old 05-17-2013, 01:15 PM   #1
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Can a bad bit from TMJ correct itself?

My bite is really off right now due to my tmj. I've been told it's all muscular but the longer this goes on the more I have my doubts. Every specialist Ive seen has been adamant against any splint therapy that will change or correct my bite. They're all insisting it will correct itself, eventually. Is this true?

Also, I know what clicking noises in the ear mean, but what does crackling mean?

And have exercises and stretching worked for anyone. All they have ever done for me is make muscles super angry, causing my bite to shift even more erratically.

Thanks!

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Old 05-17-2013, 03:29 PM   #2
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Re: Can a bad bit from TMJ correct itself?

I AM JUST LIKE YOU!
But I do have degenerative bone disease in my TMJ joints. But there is always crackling sounds in my left ear- ALWAYs, every time I swallow or talk. My left ear feels infected. I am even on antibiotics because I thought well maybe this time it is infected, so my doc called some in for me. But they arent helping so I know it's TMJ. My dentist said I need to wear the guard 24/7
I just don't agree in my gut, but I have been wearing it a few hours during the day time just because he said if I don't it will get worse. I am suppose to meet back with a surgeon on Tuesday- I may get to see a specialist about this.

Also when I massage those muscles they only feel worse. Today when I pushed on them it HURT. Like they are bruised inside. My right ear is now being affected as well.

Do you get any thumping noises in your ears? I get that a lot too. I also get muscle spasms EVERYWHERE on my body. I wonder if that plays a part in all this. My RLS and I noticed today when I was taking a nap I involuntarily clenched, I was in a light sleep so it woke me up. Because it hurt my jaw joints when I did it.

My bite is different too, but that is from the guard. THIS is why I don't want to wear one. Do you clench your teeth or grind at night? That is the only reason you would need one. If your bite is just off and you aren't having any problems with grinding or clenching then I think you are better off without one. From my experience these things are making things worse. I keep hearing friends say "but maybe it takes time- its suppose to get worse before it gets better" -- NONSENSE!
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:00 PM   #3
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Re: Can a bad bit from TMJ correct itself?

I liked your NONSENSE at the end of your post. Made me laugh. I can totally relate. I've heard that too. My first PT said the same thing- it always gets worse before it gets better- and I felt like simultaneously snarling and crying at the same time. Mine has gotten a lot worse since this started though. Blarg.

I don't hear thumping noises in my ears. If I were you, i'd tell the elephant that's walking around in your ears to vacate the premises immediately. I totally sympathize with your friends not truly understanding how you feel or where you're coming from. My sister is constantly asking me, 'aren't you better yet?' it's enough to make me disown her.

Yeah, I don't know what to do about the whole bite thing, but I appreciate your advice. Until I either can't live with it anymore or I'm told something foul is happening with the joints themselves, I'd like to try and give my muscles a chance to correct my bite on their own. Geez, I hope that's possible soon. It's unnerving for your teeth to be off. Sets me on edge like crazy. No, I've never been a clenched or a grinder at night. My hubbie is, ironically. you can hear his teeth popping and grinding together off and on all night. I thought of the two of us, he'd be the one we'd eventually have to worry about with all this TMJ stuff. My TMJ saga began as a weird fluke. Yay...

You know what's bothering me, other than the obvious (pain, minimal opening, a diet of baby food, etc), is how drowsy my meds are making me. It's so hard to concentrate and stay alert. I feel zombish and mind-drowsy all the time. I work from home, but it's making work difficult.

Hey, mandolyn, one more question, do you think my jaw deviating to one side when I open it means my jaw is jacked up and askew? I was told this was all muscular, but then my jaw started tracking to the right when I open it. Now I'm worried my jaw might be tilted or something horrific.

Thanks! Hope your day has not been a crappy one!!

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Old 05-17-2013, 04:01 PM   #4
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Re: Can a bad bit from TMJ correct itself?

Hey interested,
I get the crackling as well. And the clicking. My dentist said that when jaw muscles are all out of whack they put pressure on your discs and tendons near your ear which causes the noises, and in my case, ringing in ears (which TOTALLY sucks).
I have a muscular issue as well and my dentist advised against splint therapy. He said that I need to give it time to calm down, and unfortunately it takes time because jaw muscles are used the most so they take time to heal.

 
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:07 PM   #5
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Re: Can a bad bit from TMJ correct itself?

Thanks for the advice, Sd123. It always makes me breathe a little easier to get positive reinforcement.

I just wish these darn muscles would chill out faster. Pulling a hamstring is so much easier to heal from. Who knew a person's face could rebel so badly?

I hope your day has been a good, painfree one!!

 
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:10 PM   #6
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Yes I agree with Sd. My mom had a bout of TMJ not long ago and it took her a LONG time to get better. She healed though and hasn't had it since. But she doesn't open her mouth as wide anymore, on purpose because she is afraid of it locking on her again.

Do you sleep on one side at night, pretty much all night?
I think my problem stems from that as well...with my clenching and pressure on the guard. I can only sleep on my right side.
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Old 05-18-2013, 01:47 PM   #7
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Re: Can a bad bit from TMJ correct itself?

Hey Mando

I used to have the really bad habit of sleeping on my stomach, but in the last year or so I;ve trained myself to sleep on my back. For the most part I sleep "like a corpse" where my arms are to my side and legs spread apart a bit. It does wonders for my neck pain. I also put a little pillow under my knees to elevate my pelvis, that helps me sleep on my back and not shift to the side in the night.

My dentist said that you should sleep on your back to avoid aggravating the TMJ.

 
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Old 05-18-2013, 03:56 PM   #8
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I know!
I try to but I always end up on my side. I would need to be heavily sedated to sleep on my back all night. I sleep with a pillow between my knees too, on my side- I have low back problems anyway so that helps.
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:39 PM   #9
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Re: Can a bad bit from TMJ correct itself?

I have questions. Is your bite off to one side or forward? When i bite, i don't know which one is my true bite, sometimes the overjet big, sometimes small and sometimes edge to edge on my 2 front teeth. It's only shift when i opened it wide. It's only 1-2 mm shift but i don't know why it can make so many impacts to me.

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