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Old 02-13-2012, 01:02 AM
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Ugh I'm just going to complain for a bit... My wisdom tooth is killing me. It's partially impacted and I really just need to get it out. It will flare up for a few weeks and its so hard to eat when it flares up. Then it stops for a few months and then flares up again. My ears are hurting too which I'm not sure if its related or not. I should have gotten my wisdom teeth out forever ago, but I'm the biggest wimp when it comes to the dentist.... I'm actually fearful about going to a dentist.

Another thing I've been noticing today is that I keep clenching my jaw a lot. I have a hard time just relaxing my jaw so there is constant pressure in my mouth. I don't notice I'm doing it most of the time and when I do notice it I try to relax my jaw but have a really difficult time doing so. It's like I can't stop clenching my teeth together.

Ugh..... I think I need to suck it up and face my dentist fear, but I really don't want to go.

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Old 02-13-2012, 01:04 AM
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Afraid that's how wisdom teeth come through...... It does stop eventually but can take a LONG time!!!!

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Old 02-13-2012, 01:46 AM
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I'll have to look into that stuff.

I just looked in the mirror at my tooth and it looks dark gray. I hope that I was just looking at it in bad lighting. Going to take a closer look tomorrow. Hurts so bad I can't sleep.
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Old 02-13-2012, 03:30 AM
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If it's in that bad of shape it may be abscessed. The good news is, if it's abscessed it will come out SUPER easy and fast. Two of mine got abscessed because I had such bad TMJ for so long I couldn't open my mouth wide enough to properly brush them. When I got them out, the dentist was amazing. First, she numbed my mouth. Not having that constant throbbing pain was amazing. lol.

Then she poked around with some cotton balls and stuff and said, "You might feel a little pressure". She poked around for maybe 20-ish seconds? Then I asked if she was ready to take it out, and she held up my freakin tooth. I didn't even realize it was already done.

Because the pain is so constant you just tune it out and don't realize how wonderful it is to be pain free until the darn tooth is gone. It was instantaneous. My gums were a little bruised feeling but within a week or so it was totally better and now my mouth is awesome. I bet you'll feel awesome too when you get it out.

Edit: The ear pain can definitely be related. The nerves in the back of your throat are very tied up with your ear nerves. When I had my tonsils out my throat felt fine, but my ears hurt sooooo bad!
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:51 AM
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Get a mouth guard for TMJ, it'll keep you from clenching at night. You can get a dentist one if you have insurance, and if not a $25 pharmacy one will suffice, you just boil it and mold it to your mouth. If you don't, you'll wind up needing three root canals like me, or worse, since grinding/clenching really wrecks your tooth roots. u_u Then you'll HAVE to get over your fear of dentists anyway.

Dentists aren't too bad. Find one you like and go from there. My dentist is really friendly and calm, it makes the experience go much more nicely.
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I'm going to get the mouth guard from the pharmacy to at least tide me over for now while I set up an appointment. I don't have an established dentist so I need to call around to see which ones accept my dental insurance and then get an appointment booked. Woke up this morning in pain again and managed to take a picture of the wisdom tooth and you can see in the picture where its starting to turn a brownish gray in one spot. I can post the photo if people aren't squeamish about mouth pics.
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I have TMJ Disorder, the mouth guard did nothing for me for clenching. I still clenched, it just became uncomfortable because something was in my mouth. From what I've experienced, mouth guards are better for grinding, rather than clenching.

I've been through a ton of dental nightmares and TMJ nightmares. I'll deal with it for the rest of my life, too. Definitely feel ya.
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:53 AM
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My TMJ was horrendous, the associate professor at UW said it was the worst case he'd ever seen (and he was supposed to a be a world expert).

Scar tissue massage went a LONG way toward curing it. He said surgery would likely make it worse, and I could only open my mouth an inch and a half at that point. Now it's pretty much gone. The jaw still clicks but it pretty well has full motion back.

I used a regular sports mouth guard. It did help a bit with tooth grinding. I still jaw clenched and it helped preserve my teeth through that. A lot of that was caused by pain though, so when the jaw pain went away and then the disease tooth taken care of I stopped clenching.
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For me, I clench mainly because of anxiety. For that I was given valium since the mouth guard didn't work and it was awkward to fit into my mouth. My jaw is completely off its alignment and will need to be broken (but I'm afraid to have the surgery to do it, like, scared to death of it).

TMJD is the worst
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I should get checked out for TMJ. This isn't the first time I've had issues with the clenching. I do have anxiety disorder so that could play a role in why I'm clenching. But... My bad wisdom tooth could possibly play a role in that as well. My jaw does click whenever I open and close my mouth. It's always clicked. Lately I've been getting a lot of headaches, ear aches, neck pain and trouble with my vision though that could be unrelated. I've also had issues with occasional momentary hearing loss and usually in the mornings which if I read correctly could be associated with TMJ as well.
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