Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Forum News > The Fire Hydrant


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #11  
Old 05-12-2013, 01:57 PM
Zoom's Avatar
Zoom Zoom is offline
Twin 2.0
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 40,737
Default

My chiropractor adjusts my jaw occasionally, but especially after I have any sort of dental work done. It's amazing what a seemingly minor adjustment can do!

A word on chiros: I *adore* mine to the ends of the earth, but I got very lucky in that. I'd been to another one that was decent but never helped me as much as my current one. Not every chiropractor is a good one, just like not every doctor or dog trainer is a good one. If you don't feel like you're getting good results or they don't know how to a number of needed adjustments, go find another one.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 05-12-2013, 04:32 PM
GoingNowhere's Avatar
GoingNowhere GoingNowhere is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 1,664
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by momto8 View Post
They don't. When I go to the dentist he is extra careful. I have to use a block thing to keep my mouth open for root canals ect.

I have never used a mouth guard, but have heard they can help. An ice pack and heating helps me after long dental visits, usually rotate them.

I have a fb friend who is all holistic and she swears that chiropractors can help..so maybe something to look into.
I actually did have stuff done for mine. I had bad TMJ for about a year - went to a doctor first (who questioned whether I might be dying from tetanus with lockjaw...!!), then the dentist who directed me to the oral surgeon who gave me steroids and muscle relaxants, and then finally to a TMJ specialist. Basically, I got a really expensive mouthguard that I was told to wear at night, but he also actually shaved the cutting edges of some of my teeth down just a bit so that when I closed my mouth, my teeth would align and touch. Before, when I went to "bite" down straight, only the tip of one or two top teeth would touch the bottom teeth. By doing this, he essentially realigned my jaw and now I don't have so many issues.

I'd say a "boil and mold" mouthguard might be a good first start if you don't have many funds to spend on a legit TMJ specialist... my mouthguard essentially seems to be just that. it keeps me from grinding my teeth and makes my bite align.

Apparently the teeth grinding is exacerbated by stress and other factors, but while you sleep can be the result of you subconsciously trying to fix and align your bite.

The way it was described to me, your tempomandibular joint actually has two "levels" of opening. Up to about an inch, the jaw joint just acts like a hinge. To open your mouth further, though, it needs to kind of slide into a new position. This could be why you mainly here the clicking when you open your mouth wide, not just a bit. For me, the inch wide opening was kind of a plateau point - it took quite a while until I could open my mouth past that point.
__________________
-GoingNowhere



My Hiking Blog: http://thehikinghokie.blogspot.com/
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 05-12-2013, 04:48 PM
Dogdragoness's Avatar
Dogdragoness Dogdragoness is offline
FINALLY warm ... YAY :D
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Gillett/San Antonio TX
Posts: 3,493
Default

Every once & a while I have to "pop" mine, every once & a while, I know why it happens to me, I am a horrible tooth grinder & clincher, to the point where I often chew gum to stop myself from grinding & clinching.

I notice I do it more when I get nervous or excited about something. I also know when I have had a heavy grinding night because I almost always wake up with a throbbing headache
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 05-12-2013, 04:59 PM
Brattina88 Brattina88 is offline
treehugging clicker freak
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: OH
Posts: 12,778
Default

Got a mouth guard and a muscle relaxer
Thanks for all of the replies! I really appreciate it. I never knew so many people had the same problem... I am in a fair amount of pain today and very whiny/complainy
__________________

Maddie CGC .:. Cocker Spaniel .:. 12 y/o
Bailey CGC .:. Shetland Sheepdog .:. 5 y/o
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:06 PM.


1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site