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Severe TMJ Developed After Removal Of Wisdom Teeth


Author: Katie L.
Date: 12-02-2015
Views: 5,312
Word Count: 214
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 10811-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 1

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I had my wisdom teeth removed three years ago. Because of the dental treatment, my mouth would not open, called trismus for another six months!

Soon after my mouth began to open, I developed TMJ (AKA 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.


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Supporting Scientific Study
jaw-pain - "Both clove and benzocaine gels had significantly lower mean pain scores than placebos. No significant difference was observed between clove and benzocaine regarding pain scores. Clove gel might possess a potential to replace benzocaine as a topical [anesthetic] agent before needle insertion."Link

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