I was diagnosed with TMJ when I was very young. &About 3 years ago I had braces put on. (Dentists told me) That was supposed to be my cure to TMJ. But, due to lack of funding I had to get them removed rather early. Since then, my TMJ pain & discomfort has increased far more than I had ever imagined it could. My question is, who do I need to see.. a doctor or dentist, specialists.. ect.. & What sort of medicines help with this disorder, that I can ask for? And/or remedies that are good for relaxing the jaw? I am desperate!!! Every morning I wake up with a locked jaw. Lord help me if I get mad, it will lock up for 30 MINUTES!!! I just need answers & help! Please & Thank You Sooo Much!!!
This link may be helpful to you.
In short, read up on it in your spare time. However, I am in a similar position now.
Dentist told me I needed a mouth guard, but insurance won't cover it. He won't prescribe me anything for it and recommended I see a specialist. His recommendation was surgery, but I have managed the pain on my own. Here is what I found helpful:
- "Teeth grinding" is usually blamed for tmj, but I found that mine was caused by my jaw being pushed sideways by my pillow when my mouth is open while sleeping. Try to adjust yourself at night to a position that doesn't do this, like laying on your back or putting your head more level on the pillow.
- There are many options for tmj. You can have your pick from mouth guards, NSAIDs, muscle relaxers, and even antidepressants in some cases. My problem was insurance, but you can ask your dentist about prescription Ibuprofen (800mg or so), amitriptyline/nortriptyline/clonazepam (antidepressants), or surgery if you're okay with that.
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