Hello! So this morning a few weeks ago, completely out of the blue, my jaw started to pop if I opened it or tried to chew and a sharp pain was involved. I found out while I was eating a cereal, lol...and I never thought cereal would hurt me! :p anyways, it's been going on few awhile, and I have no idea what it could be. I've never had this issue before, and it literally just started happening. I've read about TMJ, but I don't see how that could have just popped up to say hello without any forewarning. My jaw has popped a bit before, but it was never painful. It only happened if I was eating something extremely gummy. I think I do have a tendency to clench my jaw shut a bit sometimes when I sleep, but not always. If it continues I'll see a doctor, but I just don't see how these things can randomly pop up out of nowhere. Thanks guys!
Hi Zam, I have TMJ that progressed to TMD (disease). For 34 years I've slept with a mouth splint because of clenching and grinding my teeth. I also have osteoarthritis & osteopenia now. Last August I was sent to a special jaw surgeon because my jaws are no longer in alignment with the joint condyles. I have a complete overbite now so my lower jaw needs to be brought forward. The surgeon is hesitant to do the surgery because of 1) osteopenia, & 2) I heal with keloid scars. Were trying to hold off right now.
I would suggest you bypass your dentist and see a orthodontist. I was run through unnecessary mill of "teeth & jaw" professionals, before ending up with an orthodontist and the specialist TMJ jaw surgeon. It cost me a lot because the dentist & mill of doctors she sent me too were obviously working off a "buddy system."
It was when I went back to my root canal doc who figured out my issue, that he called my dentist and TOLD her to refer me to an orthodontist. That doc referred me to the specialist who's "the best" in his field, 2 1/2 hours away. I fussed about the distance and the orthodontist said "you can go to any of the local docs who professed to be the same, but I'd advise you to go where I'm referring you to. For your problem and with your issues, you Ned the best there is."
Both of these good docs were involved in helping diagnose my osteopenia, which prevents me from having 1) & a bone graft 2)posts inserted in the jaw for crowned false teeth. Both of these treatments were being pushed "hard" by the "mill" docs and my own dentist.
Needless to say I have changed dentists. Good luck and don't put off getting this seen about, like I did for the last 20+ years. Or you may be like me and want to kick yourself for not paying attention to your body's signals sooner.
PS...as an afterthought, if you ever lose a tooth, get it replaced immediately. I didn't for 2 jaw teeth I lost at different times. Its only been 3 years from the last one, but my osteopenia won't allow my lower jawbone hold a graft or post implant. Just a suggestion...
I have tmj and somedays I can chew without hurting and others I feel like eatting jello would hurt. I think it goes with how much I clenched my jaw in my sleep. Some days my whole face is tight and hurts from it. When mine first started it came on quick. I am thinking it just didn't hurt bad enough up to that point.