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Jaw jaw

Airwave!Airwave! Posts: 2,427 ✭✭
edited 30. Aug 2016, 12:16 in Living with Arthritis archive
My jaw joint is worn allowing more movement than usual to my lower jaw, when chewing I keep sticking my teeth through the inside of my mouth. Doctor won't help and referred me to Dentist who says she can't help.

Has anyone come up against this?

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  • theresaktheresak Posts: 1,998
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    That sounds pretty awful,Airwave - I'm sorry I can't help. My jaws are stiff rather than loose. Can you ask for a referral to a maxillo-facial specialist? I 've had trouble with impacted wisdom teeth erupting through my gum & causing ulcers on my tongue, & saw a mf consultant. Tbh it wasn't any good as I can't have my wisdom teeth removed without causing bad nerve damage, but that doesn't mean he/she won't be able to help you.

    When I had trouble getting a referral by my dentist my GP did it, but your rheumy could refer you too.

    Hope someone can help.
  • stickywicketstickywicket Posts: 25,993 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I'm with theresak. It sounds as if the maxillo-facial guy might be the man but my problem is also a stiff jaw rather than a loose one. However, your GP can't just wash his hands of this. You have a genuine problem and, if your dentist can't solve it, you need to go back to the GP and he needs to come up with another suggestion. Please keep us updated.
    “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken
  • Airwave!Airwave! Posts: 2,427 ✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    There are times when to go and make another appointment can make me feel a beaten man....more waiting then more referalls followed by inaction.

    What about a 'go home and drink two gin and tonics and pray to the sun god Ra' ok, ok, I'll make the call!
  • stickywicketstickywicket Posts: 25,993 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I don't much rate the sun god Ra but, as for the G & Ts, I'd be willing to give them a fair crack of the whip.

    I know well the sinking feeling of 'Oh God, do I really have to make another appointment and start the whole dragging business off again?'. I think the answer's up to you. If this is something that's causing severe problems then yes. If you can live with it, maybe not. Or maybe not just yet. It's just possible, given both doc's and dentist's reactions, that it will be an inconvenience rather than a dangerous problem. Your decision. May the force be with you.
    “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken
  • Airwave!Airwave! Posts: 2,427 ✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Yes something needs to happen.

    As for the force, I walk too slow and got left behind.
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