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Dentist referring me regarding my jaw.

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This whole root canal experience has been awful to be honest.

Visit 1, the pain is too intense so they have to stop early and break it into extra visits.

Visit 2, not as painful but when the anaesthetuc wears off, agony.

Visit 3, she tells me my jaw is so bad that at some point I'll yawn and not be able to close my mouth.

Just feeling incredibly dejected.
 
Hi @PopMovies, that sounds like a horrendous experience :(. Root canal treatment should not be painful, from your previous post it sounds as if maybe your dentist was out of her depth and perhaps should have referred you to a specialist in the first place.

I'm trying to figure out if your title "Dentist referring me regarding my jaw" means that your dentist has, in fact, referred you to someone experienced with TMJ problems, or whether you are asking for advice on how to get your dentist to refer you? Sorry, I wasn't entirely sure what you meant 🤷‍♀️
 
Hi @PopMovies, that sounds like a truly horrendous experience :(. Root canal treatment should not be painful, it sounds as if maybe your dentist was out of her depth and perhaps should have referred you to a specialist in the first place.

I'm trying to figure out if your title "Dentist referring me regarding my jaw" means that your dentist has, in fact, referred you to someone experienced with TMJ problems, or whether you are asking for advice on how to get your dentist to refer you? Sorry, I wasn't entirely sure what you meant 🤷‍♀️
Sorry, that was my fault for not explaining properly.

The whole time she was doing my root canal, across 3 appointments she kept moaning about my jaw. She'd make me close it then reopen as she said it was misaligned and wasn't opening properly.

She told me that 'if this was like an autism scale, your jaw problems are at the high end' and there may be a time when I yawn that my jaw won't close or i won't be able to open my mouth at all. I said ok that sounds bad, please refer me, is it an urgent thing?

Her reply was 'oh no not urgent, you most likely won't hear back for months from the hospital'.
 
I'm not surprised you're worried, the way she phrased it sounds rather alarming and scary.

Generally speaking, a lot of TMJ problems can be helped with self-care strategies, see this page:


Though at a guess, she was talking about the shape of your jawbones/temperomandibular joint making you more prone to dislocations, which isn't really covered in detail on our TMJ page.

Maybe one of the dentists here will know whether a referral would be good idea. Would you like me to move this thread into the Ask a Dentist section?
 
I'm not surprised you're worried, the way she phrased it sounds rather alarming and scary.

Generally speaking, a lot of TMJ problems can be helped with self-care strategies, see this page:


Though at a guess, she was talking about the shape of your jawbones/temperomandibular joint making you more prone to dislocations, which isn't really covered in detail on our TMJ page.

Maybe one of the dentists here will know whether a referral would be good idea. Would you like me to move this thread into the Ask a Dentist section?
That would be helpful, yes please.

Because the tooth was so broken down she had to put a huge filling on it. Now whenever I eat, that's occasionally knocking my top teeth and causing pain as well. Hoping once it stops being so tender it won't be annoying.
 
Though at a guess, she was talking about the shape of your jawbones/temperomandibular joint making you more prone to dislocations, which isn't really covered in detail on our TMJ page.
If that was the case it'd have almost certainly locked open during the root canal. It's pretty rare though. Have you ever had your jaw lock open before PopMovies?

I suspect the dentist was just talking about TMJ dysfunction.
 
@Gordon it's never locked before! I've never had problems with it other than clicking.

She kept making me close my mouth then reopen as it wasn't opening as wide as she wanted due to misalignment.
 
Yeah, sounds like some TMJ dysfunction. Try following some of the self help stuff that Letsconnect has posted already and don't worry about it. It's not that big a deal by the sounds of it.
 
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