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    Old 10-11-2017, 09:28 PM   #1
    Join Date: Jun 2017
    Location: Indianapolis
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    Sally013 HB User
    So frustrated!

    I am still without a TMJ doctor after mine retired very suddenly at the end of August. I filed an exception with my insurance to cover a TMJ clinic in Indianapolis near my home. If that doesn't go through I will have to drive to the University of Louisville (90 ish miles each way) and they don't have a new patient appointment available until the first week of March!

    I got a crown over a cracked tooth last Thursday. It hurt for a couple of days and then stopped bothering me. Now the tooth just throbs and hurts when I wear my splint. About 30 to 60 min. after removing it the tooth is fine. If I don't wear the splint my right cheek pulls tight and hurts plus my ears drive me crazy. The splint feels like it's touching everywhere it needs to but something is wrong.

    So basically my choices are wear it and deal with a very painful throbbing tooth or don't wear it and deal with the right side of my face pulled super tight with my ears acting up.

    I've trained my mouth to stay open in a relaxed position so the splint isn't touching the crown! I'm sure it does when I sleep since I grind. But how is it causing pain when it's not touching?

    TMJ is a horrible horrible thing to have. I never realized it could cause so many problems. I had heard of it but thought going to walgreens and buying a $40 guard would fix it.

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