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Old 10-30-2008, 09:16 PM   #1
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New here but not to TMJ

My TMJ started when I was 12. It was clicking and a little sore. It stayed that way until Sept of 07. I woke up and felt all swollen on my left side and couldn't open my mouth. The ER Dr said use aleve. Well here I am a year later and my jaw will only open may be a half an inch. I have tried a bite splint but it didn't help. I can't eat much due to my mouth not opening.

Any opinions on what I should do? What is the outlook with this condition? Thanks.

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Old 10-30-2008, 09:59 PM   #2
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Re: New here but not to TMJ

Who prescribed the bite splint? Have you had an MRI done of your joints and condyles and/or been to a dentist that treats tmj? Generally medical drs will not be able to help with this - you need to see a dentist that has advanced training in tmj - like an orthodontist, neuromusuclar dentist, even an oral surgeon to at least get a diagnosis as to what the actual problem is and what type of treatment may help you.

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