Over the past six months, I've had increasing levels of what feels like tooth pain in the back right side of my mouth. It radiates around, sometimes seemingly at the bottom of my mouth, and other times at the top. There's a constant dull ache with ear fullness and clicking sounds on opening, which progresses to a much stronger pain after I've been eating anything hard (eg. almonds, carrots etc). I've had ridiculous amounts of dental work done over this time period (root canal, fillings etc) in response to my complaints of pain, which didn't help. I finally went to a doctor, who ordered some investigations that revealed degeneration and narrowing in my jaw joint, querying disc problems, apparently suggestive of arthritis.
I'm seeing a maxillofacial specialist this week, and wondered if there's anything specific I should be asking about. To the best of my knowledge, I don't clench my jaw, so I'm not sure where this has come from... any advice from those who've had TMJ would be useful!
I'm also still questioning if all of my pain is the TMJ- to those in a similar situation, do you ever experience TMJ pain as tooth pain? When it's strong, I could swear that it's coming from particular teeth rather than from my jaw. Is this normal for TMJ?
I have had TMJ pain for over 35 years. I am 71 years old.For the first 10 years or so , I could not find a doctor who believed there was such a thing as TMJ pain. And therefore I tried to self medicate with Over the counter medications. These medications were not effective, and caused internal bleeding. In 1985/86 I was hospitalized for hernia surgery in the University Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta Canada. During my registration, my facial pain was discussed. After surgery for my hernia, I was referred to the TMJ Clinic at the Dental Department of the University Hospital. A team of doctors, dentists and others assessed me, and diagnosed TMJ. I began treatment which included massage, ultra sound, a bite plate, facial exercises etc. I found the treatment worked to a degree, but the day after treatment, I would have worse pain.
In 1992 I moved to New Brunswick. My TMJ pain had become worse, and I had to go to emergency several times with unbearable pain. Finally, one night when I went to emergency with severe TMJ pain, the doctor who saw me, prescribed Endocet. It made a huge difference, because it helped me manage my pain. I still have pain almost daily, but the bouts of pain have never been as severe or long lasting as before I began taking Endocet. Endocet is a narcotic. I believe it is a derivative of Percocet. It has helped me. But recently, after a root canal, I am having tooth pain in the 'root canal tooth'. My dentist believes this is referred pain, because the 'root canal tooth' no longer has a nerve, and therefore, can't ache.
Teeth pain is my biggest issue with tmj! Sometimes it feels like my teeth are going to shoot right out like there is a ton of pressure. It radiates from top teeth down to he bottom teeth. I cant chew on the side that it flares up on.
Ive Had this horrible pain for 2 months now. Had one tooth extracted(with dry socket and an infection following that) a rootcanal on another tooth in that quadrant( did seem to help) and a deep filling in a wisdom tooth in the lower jaw. Also on that side of my face. They have given me 5 courses of 2 different antibiotics. But all they do is make me sick. and only help for a day or so. Today I went to another GP (Ive seen 4 different dentists and 3 different GP's)and he told me it was TMJ. Gave me some diazepam and naproxen. Im also waiting to be referred to hospital for my pain. Hope they can help me. The pain is so intense sometimes and does seem to radiate around certain teeth. to make things more fun I have a bone fragment coming through my gums because of the extraction and have had several mouthulcers on that side. The hope that this will end soon has completely evaporated. It is hard to be hopefull after reading all of the stories here.
I have tmj for a year now... all the dental work may be unnecessary if the diagnosis is tmj.
Dentist relate pain to infection and may be filling, or extracting tenet or molars unnecessarily. Be wary, always seek a second opinion and see a maxillofacial surgeon to address treatment options for tmj. There is no cure, but there are some procedures that may help restore at least some function such as lysis and lavage of the joint.
Best of luck!