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    Old 03-02-2016, 09:18 PM   #1
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    Post Can "violent yawning" cause persistent TMD/TMJ problems?

    Approximately four months ago, I yawned during a [rather boring] class. At that moment, I felt a "pull", or similar sensation, that was akin to pulling a muscle. I thought it was a cracked tooth, so I visited my general dentist and was gladly informed that it was not. However, my jaw proceeded to cause issues. During the following two weeks I noticed some irregular jaw movements. Otherwise, I was convinced that my dental worries were resolved. However, on one particular occasion, I was walking into a room and suddenly my jaw shut involuntarily. My left, upper lateral incisor collided with my lower teeth, and the incisor actually shifted to a crooked position due to the force. This is after 3 years of braces, and was the first event of this nature I had experienced.

    For the next four months (until now), primarily my left, but also my right, upper and lower molars have involuntarily snapped shut on themselves with variably forceful impact at least 1 or 2 times per day. This occurrs every day that I don't wear a bite guard during waking hours.

    Recently I have resolved to keeping my tongue tucked in front of my lower front teeth because reflexes prevent the jaw from closing in this position.

    Whereas previously my molars looked identical on the left and right sides, now my left back (both upper and lower) molars have a white cloudiness near their biting edges. This seems to be indicative of enamel weakening due to continuous trauma, from a limited number of internet sources. I am scared that this "yawning event" 4 months ago has caused damage to my TMJ joint, and further, irreparable damage to my molars' enamel. Questions:

    1. Does this sound like a TMD/TMJ issue, and if so, would visiting a TMJ specialist be a good idea?
    2. Does it sound like tooth damage has occurred, according to these details?

    Thank you for reading through this "novel", and I'd appreciate any thoughts.

    Last edited by motsifiyu; 03-02-2016 at 09:40 PM. Reason: Changing the title

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