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I've had jaw pain for years. At one point my dentist told me I probably have TMJ but he didn't seem very concerned. I try to avoid the dentist so haven't seen him in about 1.5 years. Anyway, I'm wondering if there's any such thing as adjusting your jaw......kind of like a chiropractor for your jaw. I would think that would be awesome, but if the chiro messed up could be really bad. Is there such a thing?

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I've had jaw pain for years. At one point my dentist told me I probably have TMJ but he didn't seem very concerned. I try to avoid the dentist so haven't seen him in about 1.5 years. Anyway, I'm wondering if there's any such thing as adjusting your jaw......kind of like a chiropractor for your jaw. I would think that would be awesome, but if the chiro messed up could be really bad. Is there such a thing?

 

There is a surgery to correct this problem, however it can be quite expensive and most insurance companies will not authorize it. That is my experience anyway.

 

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Yes, there IS such a thing - when I worked at the physical therapy office I worked with a gentleman who specialized in PT for TMJ and Bell's Palsy. He is one of a few people in the country who is a CCTT - Certified Cranio-Thoracic Therapist. However, there were a few regular DPTs who could also perform physical therapy for TMJ.

 

Look into it - if you're anywhere near Pittsburgh you can PM me and I'll provide the guy's name - or I can see if he's aware of anyone who can help in your area, but he'd probably just tell you to call around to physical therapy offices.

 

Good luck! Surgery is recommended ONLY as a last resort!!!

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Yes, a good chiropractor can adjust it and make it more comfortable for a while. I've had TMJ for years, and you pretty much just have to deal with it. If it gets too bad, you can probably get some muscle relaxers to help out, but you don't want to be on those for too long. If you're near Kansas City, I have an excellent chiropractor to recommend that can totally help out.

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After thinking being on the pill was causing severe daily headaches I went to a TMJ specialist. He made a splint for my bottom teeth that I wore 24 hours a day for a month. I only took it out brush. Within 3 days my headache went away, the buzzing in my ears stopped, I no longer made a mess when i ate because I could barely open my mouth, my ear stopped hurting. From there I wore it at night for a few months. 5 years later I wear it when I start to get a headache or my jaw feels achy which isn't to often. It was the best $700 I spent. He also sent me to PT for a few weeks but by the time I went to my first appointment I was already feeling like a new woman.

 

And if you were near Evansville, IN I would give you his name. :D

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Try sleeping in a teeth guard for the night. They are like four bucks at Rite Aid or whatever.

 

You boil the plastic, then quickly put it in your mouth and clamp down on them for the impression.

 

Put them in while you sleep, you might be amazed at what you feel like the next day.

 

Worth a try.

 

I used to use these when I had migraines, they worked magic.

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