I hate going to the dentist worse than anything. Everytime I have to go, I dread the thought and I don’t want the date to come, but I faithfully go to my check-ups twice a year and for anything else that needs done throughout the rest of the year. My son and husband also go faithfully because it is important for us to maintain good, dental health. I don’t want to lose my teeth. I feel like I am fighting a losing battle sometimes because it seems like with my health history, there is always something wrong and I am always needing work done, but I am determined to keep a mouthful of my own teeth!
Yesterday I went for my cleaning and the dentist advised me that I desperately need to get a custom-fitted night guard, which costs over $500, for my mouth because I am clenching my teeth so hard, I have knocked my back teeth on my right side loose. I was diagnosed with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) last December and I have been dealing with those problems since then. It seems like the health issues never end – it’s always something else.
The dentist also wants to adjust my bite on the side where I am clenching the hardest in order to alleviate the pressure I am putting on my jaw and on my teeth. But from what I have read on the TMJ Association website and from chatting with other TMJ sufferers, they say it is not a wise choice:
Avoid treatments that cause permanent changes in the bite or jaw. Such treatments include crown and bridge work to balance the bite, orthodontics to change the bite, grinding down teeth to bring the bite into balance (occlusal adjustment), and repositioning splints, which permanently change the bite.
My other issue is that after every dentist appointment I have, I am in severe pain for days afterward in my jaw and I will have the worst headaches that I can’t get rid of. So here we have another condition that is a mystery like ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia. For more information, please view the post I wrote last December: