Questions about TMJ and other jaw problems

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CathyA
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   Posted 9/15/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

about 6 months ago, I felt like my bite had changed. My teeth were hitting each other in new places.
Then about 6 weeks ago, I started waking up in the morning, and my jaw would catch at first, then clear up during the day.
Then, last week, it started catching all the time, and my forehead and part of my face feels like its cramping.
I've called the dentist's office to ask questions and was told that the dentist could fit me with a "bite plane", which would retrain my jaw to close properly.
Is the dentist the person I want to see? He's a really great dentist, but I want to see the right kind of doctor/dentist first.
My other challenge is that I wear a nasal cpap mask and headgear and also tape my mouth to stop leaks, and I'm wondering if that has changed my jaw/teeth in some way.
Anyhow........any suggestions/input about who I should see, and what the problem might be?
I was suprised how quickly this seemed to happen.
Thanks!

Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/15/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
My dentist fit me with a bite plane and it helped A LOT! My tmj subsided to the point where I forgot to wear it. Had a flare and had to wear it night and day for weeks. Got back to almost normal and now wear it nightly. Was about $450.00 and totally worth every penny. (No insurance.)
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


CathyA
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   Posted 9/15/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jeannie!
May I ask you a couple questions:
What symptoms did you have? How long did you have them before you sought treatment?
Do you think the bite plane would make a sensitive person gag? Is it like a mouth guard?
I'm so glad it worked for you!

Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/15/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Symptoms started when I was a little girl, about 7 yrs old. My jaw locked up on the playground one day when my girlfriend and I were having a gum contest and I had 4 pieces of Double Bubble in my mouth at once. I remember it was winter and I was scared to death, not because my jaw locked but because I couldn't get my mouth open to spit out the gum and Sr. Georgita Marie would KILL me for having gum at school. Basically had this all my life along with fibro symptoms.

The plane looks like a clear mouthpiece and when I first started wearing it I had a lot of excess saliva, drooling in my sleep issues. That has resolved now and it's fine. And, yes, I have had a few gagging episodes but I've remembered the problems with not being able to eat or chew and just kept swallowing. I'm fine with it now and it's a Godsend!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


CathyA
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   Posted 9/15/2009 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jeannie!
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