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Comment from: gratefulpatient, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I suffered severe trauma to my TMJ in an accident over 30 years ago. It left me with fractures and multiple fractures of almost all of my posterior teeth. I have suffered enormously for the past 30 years and have an incredible wealth of experiential knowledge to pass along to anyone who has TMJ. Resultant from the accident is subsequent dental complications that arise from the death of natural teeth and their limited root life post endodontics. I am thankful and grateful to the some of the finest dental post-grad students and their professors and supervising dentists for the treatment at Tufts NE Dental School. I recommend anyone with TMJ to be seen there in the prosthodontics department .

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I fractured my skull when I was 5 years old. When I was 9 a dentist removed the molar next to my "eye" tooth because the back broke off of the tooth. He didn't put any kind of bridge or whatever they would use to keep my teeth from shifting. When I was 12 I broke my tail bone during a cheerleading practice. When I was 13 I was punched in the jaw by an 18 year old man. When I was 14 I ran into a girl's head with my nose (playing basketball) and was knocked out. My nose was broken. When I was 15 I was hit in the same place on my skull that had been fractured when I was 5. It was another concussion. I had several children and my tail bone was involved. When I was 28 I had a snow blower shoot out from under me and I landed on my chin on the sidewalk. Another concussion. In the last 10 years I've been attacked by 2 dogs while on my roller blades and landed on my (very fragile) tailbone both times. It now sits at an angle that causes pain if I sit too long in one position, like driving a car. Bear with me here. I told you all this because I believe my TMJ was caused by all these accidents put together. If you all think back you might remember a head or back trauma that you'd forgotten about.

Comment from: arleen, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

hola.. mi nombre es arleen tengo 30 años y soy assintente dental pero tuve la mala suerte de por ser assistente dental queria lucir unos dientes no perfectos pero bonitos por aquello de dar el ejemplo.estoy en tratamiento de ortodoncia y eso me a causado el sindrme de tmj.mis sintoma son mareos,dolor en la articulacion y mucha molestia dolor de cabeza aveces tengo dificultad al tragar por los espasmos q esta condicion causa . mi pregunta es y si alguie me podria ayudar es que si algun dia voy a sentir alivio porque la realidad es q esto me esta desesperando mi correo es ,le estaria muy agradecida gracias

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

My experience with TMJ has been that I have had a loud popping of the jaw. I am also unable to open my mouth all the way, and my bite is slightly off.

Comment from: 65-74 Female Published: December 15

My only symptom was a blinding headache on the right side of my head at the eyebrow bone. Even breathing made it worse. Years before my dentist had warned me I was a good candidate for TMJ. My orthodontist removed three bridges and put braces on my teeth. The bridges had held my teeth solid while the other teeth shifted to the point my jaw had shifted a quarter of an inch to the left through the years. The last bridge was the final straw that brought on the pain in the head. After surgery, that realigned the lower jaw bone, cutting through the bone and screwing it in place. The surgery relieved all the pain and now when I go the dentist they place a block in my mouth so that I can rest my teeth on it and not have to tense my jaw to hold it open. They do this while giving me brief periods of rest. Exercises are also very helpful.

Comment from: 4treasures4me, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I am 32, and have had TMJ symptoms for more than 10 years. Before braces, my jaw was stiff- sometimes I had to work it to be able to open it enough to eat and after braces, it hurts “ a lot. The intensity comes and goes and gets worse with stress, and my allergy symptoms. I have pain that radiates into my ear, neck, head; all on the left side. I have struggled with dizziness for nearly 2 years. I wear a retainer at night to keep my teeth straight, but I have had a constant headache for 4 days even with painkillers, which usually work. Chiropractic care used to work, but the last few months the muscles are so inflamed it will not allow the adjustment.

Comment from: Duke, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 09

My boyfriend was just diagnosed with TMJ. I have rheumatoid arthritis; I work at a hospital and an urgent care clinic so I had heard of this but not real familiar. His pain came on all of the sudden and he swore that either his upper wisdom teeth were coming in or that he had some type of tooth decay/infection. I took him to the dentist despite the fact he only has medical insurance and no dental insurance. This is how sure he was that it was a tooth. The dentist did 2 x-rays and tapped, poked, and prodded every tooth in his mouth. The dentist suggested he may have a severe sinus infection or ear infection and insisted we go to a doctor right away. We went straight to the urgent care clinic who then diagnosed him with TMJ. So I was shocked when I did research on TMJ and found that a lot of patients were diagnosed by their dentist. Needless to say we both have our fingers crossed that the prescriptions he got work and quickly.

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