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Old 02-25-2011, 01:17 PM   #1
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fatboy6447 HB User
Developed TMJ/TMD

Hi, I'm new to this so I have a few questions before I seek help from the dentist. Due to some oral problems I ended up losing all my bottom molars. I had my last two molars extracted in January on my left side since then I have developed some tmj/tmd on the right side. I have been taking over the counter pain relief, already on muscle relaxers and been using a heating pad to no avail. I knew it always felt worse in the morning and thought I must have started clenching but knew I never had a problem in the past. Now I know what is causing it!! Not clenching but the result of the extractions on the left side. When I sleep I lay on my sides and this causes my lower jaw to slide completely over since I don't have the lower molars to "catch". Now onto my big question, what can be done to help with this? I am currently on disability and my insurance doesn't pay squat for dental so I need the cheapest route possible. I have molded mouthguards I've been wearin at night to see if that would help when I initially thought it was bruxism but they haven't did a thing so now what? Thanks for any help.

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Old 02-25-2011, 07:50 PM   #2
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Re: Developed TMJ/TMD

I feel sorry for you. You really need to see a specialist oral surgeon, one who is expert in tmj dysfunction. I can't recommend anyone because I am in the UK and I go to a clinic here, which is very good, but of course I don't have to pay. I went today actually and was prescribed something to relax the muscle which is in spasm on one side. It stopped hurting a few days ago because I had been taking Diclofenac 150 mg a day which is a strong anti-inflammatory - again, i got these through my own doctor. You can buy Diclofenac over the counter but it is not so strong. In any case it is not a good idea to take them long term, they have a bad effect on the digestive system, but as an emergency measure they are excellent on a short term basis. I've stopped taking them now.

The consultant I saw today told me to use heat which helps reduce spasm and I am seeing him again shortly. It does help if you find the right specialist, it reduces some of the stress and tmj problems are exacerbated by stress.

I hope you can find the money to get the treatment you desperately need. In the meantime please try to de-stress, exercise your jaw in the way you have been told - the exercises do help - and continue to use heat pads. It might go off on its own, it does sometimes, and you will learn to avoid triggers.

Good luck.

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