Patient Comments: Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) - Causes

Do you have any idea what caused your TMJ? If so, please share your experience.

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.

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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 centershundreds 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!

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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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