TMJ cause

by Suzanne Custino
(Lodi, CA, USA)

I've been told I have TMJ but I do not grind my teeth at night. Actually I sleep with my mouth open. Could I have something other than TMJ? If teeth grinding isn't the only cause would the guard you suggest work for me? The pain is awful and my dentist wants to sent me over 100 miles away for treatment. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Hey!
by: Anonymous

I also have it. It sometimes occurs in the morning when i woke up but only that certain time, every time i wake up.. but my head would always ache,,,... only on the right side which is the only side that is clicking.

I'll be tuning for more info.

Thank you

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Hey!
by: Anonymous

I also have it. It sometimes occurs in the morning when i woke up but only that certain time, every time i wake up.. but my head would always ache,,,... only on the right side which is the only side that is clicking.

I'll be tuning for more info.

Thank you

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Can't eat/Jaw pain
by: Dr. Spainhower

Hello Suzanne,

Before you spend $$ on a pain specialist, I would recommend trying the SmartGuard night guard. It's a great way to relax the muscles And reduce the biting pressures in the TMJ's.

It sounds like you have inflammation in the TMJ's. So, if you can take ibuprofen, then take that for a couple of days to see how it helps you.

So, before spending the $$ on specialists, try to smartguard.

If the SmartGuard doesn't help you within just 1-5 days, then call the TMJ Dentist.

Keep in touch. I do want to hear how it goes for you.

Sincerely,

Dr. Spainhower

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all day
by: Anonymous

My symptoms - pain - is lasting throughout the day. I have trouble chewing, opening my mouth to bite something as a sandwich, and the pain is so bad that it has been suggested to me to blend my food and drink it (yuck). Is there something else wrong - your website suggested tumor, which scared me. My dentist referred me to a pain specialists 100+ miles from my home which is out of the question. Please advise and thank you so much for everything so far.

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TMJ when you don't Grind
by: Dr. Spainhower

Hello Suzanne,

If in fact you don't clench or grind at night, then a night guard or TMJ splint worn at night won't help you.

Now, ..."IF" you have a bad bite, and you have pain during the day then the bad bite could cause some TMJ issues But, that is a BIG "IF".

My opinion is that most often it is our daily life environmental stressors that cause our TMJ. It is a combination of stressors that cause the pain, but often just one or two changes in our life style can eliminate our TMJ pains.

If your pain is mainly in the mornings upon waking up, then most likely you do clench or grind at night, and a night guard (the Smartguard) could help.

If your pain comes on during the day, then it is one of your environmental stressors causing the pains.

What time of day do you typically have TMJ symptoms? and what kind of symptoms do you have?

Sincerely,

Dr. Spainhower

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