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What can I do to help TMJ

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Posted by: Xposdbone  (10 years ago)
Hi,
I was told that I clench my teeth. For the past month, I noticed that I am getting more and more tightness in my jaw. My left jaw clicks when I open my mouth. My neck is sore and stiff. Is there anything I can do to help the TMJ? I can’t afford to see a TMJ specialist right now. I would be grateful for any help or suggestions.
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Posted by: ghnane  (10 years ago)
Hello,
Your best option would be to see a TMJ specialist and while your condition is acute (up to 6 months after onset) it can be nicely treated with custom make mouth guards that you wear a couple of hours a day. The technique is called Anterior repositioning appliance.

But for now you can wear full coverage mouth night guards to prevent fracturing your teeth and easing the stress on your jaw muscles. Have them custom made by your dentist to fit your unique anatomy.

I will post some pictures of what the anterior repositioning device looks like. What it essentially does is it brings your lower jaw forward.
I hope this helps.
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Posted by: BiometricsInDentistry  (10 years ago)
Hello,
Your best option would be to see a TMJ specialist and while your condition is acute (up to 6 months after onset) it can be nicely treated with custom make mouth guards that you wear a couple of hours a day. The technique is called Anterior repositioning appliance.

But for now you can wear full coverage mouth night guards to prevent fracturing your teeth and easing the stress on your jaw muscles. Have them custom made by your dentist to fit your unique anatomy.

I will post some pictures of what the anterior repositioning device looks like. What it essentially does is it brings your lower jaw forward.
I hope this helps.


I agree - Treat this while it's early. You don't want to wait until it gets worse. Wearing an appliance at night is a small price to pay. The therapy will let your muscles rest at night and keep the tension off of your joint. See a 'good' dentist and ask them if they use 'Biometrics' equipment. If they have no idea what you're talking about, ask another dentist. They make devices to objectify and quantify what your muscles are doing during work and rest - a dentist who owns this equipment (regardless of the company)will know what they are doing.
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