Patient Comments: TMJ - Causes


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Comment from: Newdy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

Stress, anxiety, misaligned teeth caused my TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) symptoms. I woke up one morning and I couldn't open my mouth. Six months of physiotherapy later I could open it again. Forty years later I now have dentures and it's gotten better, but I still have all the symptoms... literally all of them. I have to really focus on getting into a comfortable position to sleep. Valium helps.

Comment from: Kay, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I have had slight pain with lower right tooth 6 for a year, and a slight horizontal crack in distal buccal cusp was built up a bit. Bite altered, quite a lot do with my grinding my teeth at night, I think lately more constantly; annoying. I had start of root canal treatment last Wednesday mesial roots not quite successful but distal was. Very hard to resume closing jaw on that side when finished. Three days later jaw and joint annoying again. I wonder if this is a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problem as well, as bone below my ear hurts to touch. I have an upper denture with an upper right tooth 3 only on it.

Comment from: Margaret, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

Whistling, playing the flute, dental work, eating and bruxism all of these trigger my TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) symptoms.

Comment from: Oophor Doophor, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I have dealt with TMJD pain for years. Never having a lot of money and knowing the issues with treating it, I have just dealt with the pain. I have a very tight jaw always. You could massage for an hour and I still can’t let it go. I believe it is habitual when I am stressed and I do grind my teeth at night. I finally indirectly got relief when I was diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency. When I was first tested it was considered extremely low, just under a 9. Within three months of therapy for the vitamin D I nearly doubled my levels and My TMJD pain was nearly all gone. I don't know why and I am sure science does not know why yet, but the jaw is a large joint. And the muscles surrounding it are fairly large too. Vitamin D deficiency does cause bone and muscle pain. Please ask your doctor to test you especially if you have any other symptoms for vitamin D deficiency, brain fog, depression, bone pain.

Comment from: Lynne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I have been a snorer for many years and have tried many things to stop. Recently I purchased a Snorer’s Friend (mandibular advancement device) similar to a mouth guard which is worn at night. It keeps the jaw in a forward position and really DOES help to stop snoring!! But I found I had a lot of pain each morning and it took hours for my teeth to re-align. Unfortunately I persisted in wearing the device and even after three weeks of stopping its use I have jaw, ear and head pain.

Comment from: Leah, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

My ears have been hurting for about 3 months now. I thought I had an ear infection, but the doctors at the hospital said my ears were clear, they didn't see any dental infection, and asked me to take Tylenol. The pain is now in my right ear, jaw, and neck. I started clenching and grinding my teeth a few weeks ago. I was told by my dentist that I have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. The pain is extreme with my ear, it feels like someone is sticking a hot poker in my ear, and my jaw hurts all day, every day. My face on the right side feels swollen and puffy. I have an appointment with an oral surgeon soon and I hope he can help. But I know that splint is 1200.00, and I'm on disability, and there is no coverage. I can't stand this pain in my face, I already have diabetes and just had my left hip replaced last year, and am still recovering. The TMJ symptoms I have are, stabbing ear pain, tight jaw, neck pain, major dizziness, and pure fatigue from the pain.

Comment from: /ED1975, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

My TMJ became increasingly noticeable in the first nine months of my recovery period following substance abuse. My drug of choice was opiates, not meth, which naturally harms the teeth. Once sober, which is a very difficult process, I turned from pills back to food/sweets, specifically lollipops with chewy centers…hundreds of them over the last year. I have since stopped with the lollipops and am trying not to allow myself to switch to another unhealthy addiction. Ever since, the left side of my jaw clicks when chewing, snaps when yawning, and locks at times. I can only chew most foods on the right side of my mouth. Carrots, raw vegetables, meats, chewy, hard, or crunchy foods take a long time. I can't handle large burgers or sandwiches that require my mouth to have to open wide. I often have to put pressure on the joint just in front of my ear when I chew to prevent my jaw from dislocating. I have a fear of dentists, so unless it's something simple as a bite plate to realign my jaw, I probably will live with this until I can't stand it any longer!

Comment from: gbforepkids, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I experienced TMJ after having a root canal. I believe doctors should take care in not forcing the jaw of a patient when doing this type of procedure. Now I must see a specialist and absorb the cost; lesson learned.


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Comment from: Chloe, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

I find that when my TMJ acts up, it is hard to brush my teeth and rinse my mouth and at times, hard to eat.


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