I just got a Splint to help correct my TMJ. I only started wearing it two days ago, and it has caused my jaw joints to pop less, but to have an aching feeling, kind of like a headache. Is that normal in the process of getting used to things? Also, this morning I woke up with sores on my tongue, and sore gums a bit, especially in the very back of my mouth. It feels like a tooth is coming in. Is it a wisdom tooth? Is this normal when starting on a TMJ splint? Thanks Everyone
Unfortunately, yes, sometimes the TMJ splints can cause the aching pain in the jaw. The splint actually changes the position in which the TMJ's are used to resting. Usually, this goes away as the jaw gets used to the new position.
If however, if the pain gets worse, or just doesn't go away, you will need to see your dentist. They can sometimes adjust the splint. But sometimes some patients just can't get used to the splint and it has to be stopped.
Occasionally the splint will also cause pressure points, resulting in sores. You may have to have the splint adjusted for that reason also.
So, if you don't get better in a couple of days, you probably need to call your dentist, and maybe make an appointment.
I'm a TMJ specialist in NYC and treat hundreds of patients with splints and other devices. It's not normal for you to have headaches and sore with your splint. I recommend that you stop using it and see your dentist right away.