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Posted by: Lady | 2011/05/03

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Tmj disorder

Hi doc, according to what I have read on the internet I have tmj disorder, my jaw locks almost every day and has been locked for up to 2 days for the longest. I have gone to maxillo facial specialist and they referred me to a dentist to make a mouth plate thing, the dentist made me the plate and I have used it (just a small thing that goes over my front 2 teeth) but every time I wake up with it then my jaw is locked, I am not sure if this is suppose to happen?

I went to another specialist today but he seemed like he had no experiene regarding tmj, could you maybe refer me to someone in port elizabeth who has experience regarding working with tmj or give me advice on what to do?

Thank you!

Expert's Reply

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Oral health expert

It does seem as though your TMJ disorder is severe. when the jaw dislocates often, this is usually due to the deterioration of the bone area of the skull. this causes the jaw to "slide off" its normal path of movement.
Surgery to correct severe cases of this problem is often the only solution.

Sorry, I am not familiar with specialists in PE

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Posted by: dental expert | 2011/05/03

It does seem as though your TMJ disorder is severe. when the jaw dislocates often, this is usually due to the deterioration of the bone area of the skull. this causes the jaw to "slide off" its normal path of movement.
Surgery to correct severe cases of this problem is often the only solution.

Sorry, I am not familiar with specialists in PE

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