Severe TMJ Developed After Removal Of Wisdom Teeth
Author: Katie L.
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Testimonial ID: 10811-OR
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I had my wisdom teeth removed three years ago. Afterward I was sick on the couch for two months, and my mouth would not open (a.k.a. lockjaw or trismus) for another six months!
Soon after my mouth began to open, I developed TMJ (a.k.a. TMD or temporomandibular joint dysfunction) in my right jaw. I am a singer, and my mouth was always popping painfully. The pain was a 7 on a scale of 0 to 10.
On the worst day of pain, I embarked on a furious Internet search and found many different answers but decided to try this one:
I placed 1 to 2 drops of Copaiba essential oil in my mouth as the last thing I did right before bed. I tried to leave it mostly on the side that hurts, swishing it around in my mouth until I fell asleep. The following morning I woke up with no pain!
Since that day I have been following this regimen each evening, and my jaw has not popped since! It has been three months now, and pain comes and goes only occasionally if I forget to do this routine.
The other things that I find contribute to this success would be a heating pad or heated rice bag on the area during sleep and a continual mindfulness of any jaw clenching during the day.
Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: bruxism, clench, clenched, extracted, extraction, grind, grinding, jaws, lock, lock jaw, locks, mandibular, temporo.
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