I can't find other options for my sever tmj/lock jaw/chronic jaw dislocations, any suggestions?
by Dana Wilson
I have had a professionally fitted night guard made for me, I have tried acupuncture, treatments from a chiropractor, physical therapy, and more to help with my severe tmj problems. I have had an arthrogram done of the joints bilaterally and two oral surgeons say that I need surgery to help. My jaw dislocates a min of once a month, locks down shut nearly each day (longest of 4 days straight), I recently lost hearing in one year and am having vision issues as well as loss of feeling in my face and lips. My only option left that I have found so far is surgery but I can not afford it. Do you have any suggestions on what I can do to help relieve the pain? I will list what I have tried:
-Treatments from a chiropractor
-Mouth splint/night guard
-Narcotic pain medication
(Please note that I don't require any appliances or braces, my bite is fine.)I'd appreciate any alternate suggestions. Thank you so much for your time.