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Old 05-12-2013, 02:57 PM
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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.
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:32 PM
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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 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.

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Old 05-12-2013, 05:48 PM
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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

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Old 05-12-2013, 05:59 PM
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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

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