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    Old 09-20-2004, 01:47 PM   #1
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    Can't Open Mouth After Getting 2 Cavities filled

    This is my first time post,and i can't believe all the helpful info on here...!!!

    Here's my story...

    I went to the dentist 12 days ago and had 2 cavities filled on my lower left area....He had a hard time getting it to numb up,so he gave me numerous needles....all was fine for the first day or two,but then I started getting progressive pain in the left joint area...now 12 days later,I can hardly open my mouth...just far enough to put one finger in,although it does hurt.....the pain spreads up into my left ear,and if I try opening it further,it makes like a stretch pop sound\feeling,and pain shoots through my ear....I've been constantly popping advil for headaches and pain.....and can hardly eat....I literally have squash my food right down.and still have a very hard time....

    I called the dentist back today,and they said its not normal,and that I should come in and let the dentist look at it....which i'm dreading,as I know he's gonna stretch it open and cause me pain....

    I guess what i'm asking is if anyone has any advice,recomendations,thoughts..

    Thanks in Advance..!!!

    Greg

     
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    Old 09-21-2004, 11:31 AM   #2
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    Good Luck. My oral surgeon screwed up my tongue and jaw for life. Di

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    Old 09-22-2004, 07:33 AM   #3
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    Re: Can't Open Mouth After Getting 2 Cavities filled

    Greg,
    My story is like Amy's. This all started 13 years ago for me after wisdom teeth removal and then the same diagnosis of a dry socket. It can be a severe problem so don't let them intimidate you or let it get out of control. I let those things happen to me and now 13 years into it, I am having the worst flare up yet and in a splint 24/7. If I would have been diagnosed right from the beginning and treated right all the years in between, this probably wouldn't be this way.

    Take control of it and best of luck, let us know how you make out.
    Karen

     
    Old 09-22-2004, 09:30 AM   #4
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    Re: Can't Open Mouth After Getting 2 Cavities filled

    Thanks for all the replies everyone,it kinda eases the pain,knowing so many other people are suffering from the same thing.....

    Well I went to the dentist last night....He didn't even try to look in my mouth(thank god,would've killed)...he just asked if it was in the same area he put the injection....which i replied yes....he said it is most likely just a bruised muscle,and "Will Get Better".....he did have to give me numerous needles as I have a problem getting the bottom jaw frozen......I don't feel pain or numbness anywhere else(odd time the cavities he filled ache).....no numbness in the tongue or jaw(Thank God,This is bad enough!!!)....

    So what do you guys think....Just a bruise..???....Anybody ever experience this,and it indeed did go away..???

    Thanks again Everyone..!!!!

    Greg

    Boy,do I ever wish I could open like that...LOL

     
    Old 09-22-2004, 10:39 AM   #5
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    Re: Can't Open Mouth After Getting 2 Cavities filled

    Amy,
    No, I never did anything. I guess I really didn't know all that was being done wrong until things were way to out of hand. Actually the dentist I just found in March is the first one in a loooooooong string of them that has pin pointed my problems and been able to get them under control. He is wonderful. I learned this..............take my advice, don't be afraid to fire a dentist. If you feel they aren't doing you any good, find another one. Don't be afraid to tell the next one what the previous ones told you and that you did not benefit from their treatment. Stay on top of it, take charge of it, don't be afraid to go from dentist to dentist til you find one that really knows what he is doing. WAY too many of them hang out their "tmj specialist" sign and they don't know a hill of beans!

    Good luck!
    Karen

     
    Old 09-23-2004, 07:01 AM   #6
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    Re: Can't Open Mouth After Getting 2 Cavities filled

    Amy,
    You did the right thing in leaving the oral surgeon who took out your teeth. You also did the right thing in making a formal complaint. I think I would have done the same but being almost 14 years ago, tmj was just not such a well known condition and I didn't hear those words for a few years, so I didn't know. I should have made a complaint about the last dentist who treated me. I think I will look into that actually. She caused me such a mess and she is hounding me over $12.50 for a bill my insurance declined to pay. I actually got them to turn down all of her claims that she turned in for my tmj.

    I know how you feel about wanting to be compensated. I am out soooooooo much money and so much time and have had so much pain. My dentist now just got me into an area of my life where I am actually pain free for most of the day. It has been a long road. Do you have any type of splint yet or are you not there yet? Keep me posted on what is going on............Just remember that it has happened to alot of us so don't feel alone in all of this.
    Karen

     
    Old 09-23-2004, 02:38 PM   #7
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    Hi Everbody,

    You can develop cavitations (aka osteomyelitis, NICO, etc) in old extraction areas. So far I have had two areas in my mouth surgically cleaned out and suspect that I have more. Now when I have a tooth out, I go to a specialist who debrides the bone. These guys are hard to find and it costs more, but it has been more lessons learned the hard way.

    Also if you have had too much anasthetic or it wasn't given to you right, you could be at risk for nerve damage. See a doctor! You could be allergic to the anasthetic, too. I found out (late!) that I have pseudocholinesterase deficiency which is a rare genetic enzyme deficiency. I had to get a special blood test for this.

    Later, feelines

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    Old 09-23-2004, 10:11 PM   #8
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    Re: Can't Open Mouth After Getting 2 Cavities filled

    I have a friend at work who started to develop an infection at the injection site and was put right on antibiotics and it cleared up. She only knew b/c of the pain.

    Yes, you can get osteomyelitis when a tooth is pulled or during any dental manipulation. It takes a skilled doctor to diagnose and never use the word NICO. Say osteomyelitis.

     
    Old 09-24-2004, 08:41 PM   #9
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    Re: Can't Open Mouth After Getting 2 Cavities filled

    Amy,
    Have you considered getting an acrylic splint to wear. The dentist whom I am seeing now said those "nighttime gaurds" do more damage than good. The splints they make from your own bite are pricey, but well worth it. They key is they have to be fitted right!

    I currently take Norco and Skelaxin daily for pain and muscle spasms. They have helped so much in dealing with all the pain and muscle problems I have had.

    Are you going to seek another dentist who is skilled in treating this?

    Karen

     
    Old 09-25-2004, 06:42 AM   #10
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    Re: Can't Open Mouth After Getting 2 Cavities filled

    Amy,

    I hope that you find some answers. I know how frustrating it is. I have had 6 splints and am getting ready to get fitted for a "Mora" type splint. I will tell you this............my current dentist has made 2 of my splints and is making the third. Although each one was costly, he told me in advance that they would only be temporary, his goal being to get me to the point where I could wear this mora splint. They have been worth every $$$$$, because I was just about bedridden with tmj. I had so many problems from it and it had gotten so bad around February I didn't know if I could live anymore. I am happy to say that I have gotten better and better and can now go for sometimes up to 3 weeks with really no symptoms as long as I keep this splint in 24/7. I guess what I am trying to say is that it really can be a financial expense to get this condition under control. Try and look at it as an investment and not a burden. If you don't get it fixed, it can get soooo bad. What are all the symptoms you are dealing with?

    Mine were:
    severe dizziness
    pain
    sharp, burning pain
    eye pain
    loss of hearing in right ear
    balance problems
    blurry vision
    severe muscle spasms
    eye twitching
    teeth pain
    feeling of lumps in my throat
    a knot in my left cheek
    extreme headaches

    I hope you are on the beginning end of this and can get it under control before it escalates further. Keep me updated!
    Karen

     
    Old 09-27-2004, 06:55 AM   #11
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    Re: Can't Open Mouth After Getting 2 Cavities filled

    Amy,

    Girl, I know the symptoms and I TOTALLY understand them. I also read your post about feeling pain and guilt at the same time. I have walked down that road and back so many times. It is VERY difficult to feel this way, no doubt about it! I also suffer from panic/anxiety disorder and was houseboud for 2 years and just when I was getting on top of that with medicaiton, this mess came along so I have not been a stellar mom myself. I have an 11 year old son whom I homeschool and I have been a real bummer and a real grouch. I have also recently been diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroidiits and I have been dealing with debilitating joint pain and tiredness from that. I don't know how my husband has been able to stand me, I honestly don't. I thank God for him. I too came from an ugly first marraige so this is my second.

    I just turned 40 this year, but, I feel worse off then my grandmother who is 90.

    I know how you feel too about the pain med issue. I went around and around with a previous dentist who flat out told me she was not in the business to supply people with drugs...........she about ruined my self esteem saying that so I tried to deal with the pain for about 3 months and then went to my family dr who did prescribe me pain meds and told me I had every right to find a dentist who would give me the proper medication for what I was dealing with. I did get in with a gem and he set me up on a pain management plan that has given me my life back along with the splints he has made for me. I know these quacks don't want to give us meds for pain, but that is why they make pain meds, so people in pain don't have to live that way! Find someone else if you can. I also take 800 mg of Skelaxin 3 times a day ( a muscle relaxer ) and it had helped so much. It is so humiliatiing to be treated bad because you are in pain and looking for relief, totally understand that!

    It is too bad we all cannot be friends in "real" life, but I am so glad I have these boards to come to for support. My husband and family try and be nice about things, but they have no idea what it is like to suffer.

    Just keep looking for another dentist to treat you for this. When I got into my dentist now, I was holding onto the walls to walk and had been tested for MS I had so many strange symptoms.......all tmj related. I hadn't eaten any real food for 2 months.........all I could eat where things I didn't have to chew like noodles or applesauce or oatmeal. Now I can take my splint out and actually eat, I couldn't chew tough meat or a thick sandwhich but I can eat. I also had an opening of only 5mm when I went to him and now I am up to 9mm, not a huge difference in numbers, but a big difference for me.

    Sorry to ramble, I just want you to know there is some ray of hope in getting this problem remedied. It might take going to one dentist after another and I know you have got to find someone who can treat your pain, but there will be some help out there. Just remember you are not in this alone and there are many of us out here who can understand first hand what you are going through.



    Hope today is good......
    Karen

     
    Old 09-27-2004, 07:36 AM   #12
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    Amy,
    I agree about dreading finding new dentists or dr's...... Also, the expense they put us through wasting time. It is ridiculous. I have been through so many dentists in our area I was embarassed to even tell the one I go to now how many I had been to. I just told him that I hoped it showed him my desperation in finding SOMEONE who could help me and give me some meds and offer a treatment plan. I understand, don't get me wrong, that people do abuse meds.........but, when you need them, why can't you get them. I look at it this way...........if I was wanting to get high, I would eliminate the visit to the dr and just buy the stupid things off the street or on-line!! I am going to a medical professional because in addition to the meds, I also need help in treating a condition......can you present that?? That is the angle I used and my dr not only understood but agreed. She is the one who told me to push forth and find another dentist who can treat me for the condition and well as give me meds. I wonder why most dr's and dentists are too stupid to know when someone is actually in pain???????

    Karen

     
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