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Old 09-21-2017, 07:28 PM   #1
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Dentist Shaved Molar ... Feel kinda weird.

One of my lower right molars(second to last) was a little loose so my dentist decided to shave a bit off so It wouldn't be disturbed any further from clenching or grinding. That was about 3 weeks ago and for the past couple of days i I feel off.. the right side of my face feels a little off with some muscle tension around my right jaw and right side of the neck. I also cannot speak the same, cannot annunciate words the same. I also feel dazed with a slight headache only on the right side. Will I get use to this or will I need some composite added? Also I do have tmj but it is successfully treated and does not bother me even though I click occasionally. I fear this recent tooth shaving might cause my tmj to become worse. Please help with any insight you can provide thank you.

 
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Old 09-23-2017, 07:36 PM   #2
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Re: Dentist Shaved Molar.. Feel kinda weird.

Will my muscles get used to this or do I need a bite adjustment or something ?

 
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Old 09-24-2017, 11:57 AM   #3
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Re: Dentist Shaved Molar.. Feel kinda weird.

Do you have an issue with clenching? If you're clenching to keep finding the tooth, I can see that there will be some fatigue around those muscles.

If you've been diagnosed with TMJ....what has been set up for you regarding exercises, etc?

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Old 09-25-2017, 05:38 PM   #4
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Re: Dentist Shaved Molar.. Feel kinda weird.

I believe I do.. I clench when I swallow but nothing intense. And as far as exercises i dont do any really just occasinal neck stretch and massaging my jaw area. Should my next step be to learn not to clench and swallow properly?

 
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Re: Dentist Shaved Molar.. Feel kinda weird.

I suggest being conscious to relax your jaw, be conscious of where your tongue is and note what your mouth is doing when you swallow.
It is possible that the tooth (before it was shaved down a bit) is what put your bite out of alignment and now it is more aligned? Everything will feel off and affect the muscles now working in a different way.

You could check out jaw relaxation exercises. When I find I'm clenching, I close my lips, relax my jaw and let my tongue settle between my side and front teeth to force that space. I press my tongue up to the palate and swallow that way. Basically....so that your tongue is working harder. You could practice saying certain words in front of a mirror.

Do you chew gum? I always do when I'm out, but never at home. It relaxes my jaw muscles, and helps with clenching for me.

Were you diagnosed with TMJ?

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Re: Dentist Shaved Molar.. Feel kinda weird.

Yes I do have TMJ. I had it since I was about 8 or 9 (currently 23yo Male). It got pretty bad around age 13-17, however I started to see a TMJ specialist around age 16. After years of treatment with bite guards, and orthodontics(braces) I finally found some relief around age 19 and was happy. I was told I had an open bite.. my teeth did not touch, so that what was causing my pain and clicking my entire life. But my specialist was great and worked wonders.

To my dismay, a few months ago my specialist realized that my bottom right molar(the second to last one / wisdom teeth already removed) was loose. And it was the years of braces that caused it, because apparently my roots are not that long. I felt fine though even though it was slightly loose. About 3 - 4 weeks ago she grinded it down on one side so the everyday wear would be less on it in the hopes of it becoming stable again. And like I said in my original post I haven't felt the same again. Some days are better than others but for the most part part I have pain and clicking again and I speak kinda weird now which is depressing me lol. Im wondering if this can be fixed with adding composite to my molar or just extracting the tooth and get a cap put in, or just more time..

But thanks for your input just talking to someone about it makes me feel a little better.

 
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Re: Dentist Shaved Molar.. Feel kinda weird.

Did you have a freezing shot when the tooth was ground down?

Have you seen a neurologist or whomever the doc is who diagnosed you with tmj?

Could be impingement from muscles pressing on the nerve...wonder if tens therapy could work?

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Old 09-27-2017, 02:19 PM   #8
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Re: Dentist Shaved Molar.. Feel kinda weird.

I love tens therapy I use it all the time( my specialist introduced it to me years ago.) But yea even though it relieves pain it is only temporary, not like before my molar was ground down. I think it is a bite issue.. not having a stable bite now causing the issues. Hopefully I can see my specialist this saturday, but she is very busy.. and my next apt is oct14th.

 
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Re: Dentist Shaved Molar.. Feel kinda weird.

It's good you have an appointment soon, but seeing her on Saturday would be perfect.

Let us know the update,
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