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Shifting teeth

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Posted by: lucky9  (9 years ago)
I have had problem with TMJ. I get popping in jaw, have ear pain and jaw pain. For the past month, I’ve noticed that my upper teeth are shifting. I could feel how my one upper tooth fits down into the lower tooth below it. It felt really off and weird. Could it be from TMJ symptoms? Please help!.
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I have had problem with TMJ. I get popping in jaw, have ear pain and jaw pain. For the past month, I’ve noticed that my upper teeth are shifting. I could feel how my one upper tooth fits down into the lower tooth below it. It felt really off and weird. Could it be from TMJ symptoms? Please help!.

The muscle spasm could have shifted the postural position of your lower jaw, so the teeth feel as if they are touching differently. Never heard of teeth shifting so fast that patients notice the change.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (9 years ago)
I have had problem with TMJ. I get popping in jaw, have ear pain and jaw pain. For the past month, I’ve noticed that my upper teeth are shifting. I could feel how my one upper tooth fits down into the lower tooth below it. It felt really off and weird. Could it be from TMJ symptoms? Please help!.

Yep, you definitely have a TMJ dysfunction there. The shifting teeth/ bite is a characteristic sign of TMJ disorder and is most likely because of your jaw being improperly aligned to your upper teeth. The pop/click with jaw opening, ear pain and jaw pain are all symptoms of a TMJ disorder and I hope you visit a TMJ specialist to have your case discussed, managed and treated as early as possible.

Meanwhile to ease your jaw muscles from working too hard - go on a soft diet, avoid chewing gum, clenching/grinding and use moist heat pack to calm your jaws.
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