Can tmj cause my front 2 teeth to be sensitive??? Also, can tmj cause brief random "toothache-like" pains in and around my temples???
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 28
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Welcome to Justanswer.I will do my best to answer your question.I am not a great typist,be patient and feel free to ask if anything is unclear.The answers to both of your questions are ..yes.By clenching or grinding whether it be during the day or night,the stress from the muscle tension against the joint will cause a pain in the joint located just in front of your ears.The pain that you are feeling in your teeth comes from the irritation of the periodontal ligament located around each tooth in your mouth.This ligament is like a shock absorber and cushions the stress of your bite because the teeth actually move inside the socket.By constantly clenching and grinding across teeth that already have a strong contact..in your case the two front teeth..it will cause these teeth to feel just as if you had a toothache..even though the teeth themselves are fine.Its the ligament that is sore and will transmit this pain.Many people get relief by first reducing stress..that's easy enough right?..and if that is not possible,having a night gaurd made.You can make your own with a kit at the pharmacy.Your dentist can make a more custom one.Some people just have a tendency to grind in their sleep and are unaware of the problem until they realize that their teeth and temples are sore.If you have any further questions please ask.
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So the brief random pains around my temples are normal with tmi??? Also, would it be nerve pain or muscular pain??? Just curious, bc the brief pains in my temple feel like toothache pain, but way up in my temple. Thanks.
The pains are from the inflammation of the joint capsule and the muscles surrounding it.Nerves transmit pain so I am not sure what you mean by nerve pain.There are nerves in muscles which can transmit pain when they are stressed.The joint is located right at your temple and if that joint is inflammed..it will hurt.
Also, I was at the dentist in October of 2011 and he said there were no signs of grinding. But I do notice that during the day I clench and also before falling asleep I will catch myself clenching. Are there any obvious signs I can look for other than the clenching??? I also notice that I have blood blisters in my inne cheeks sometimes. Could this mean my bite is off, bc I notice them after rating something chewy, as if I am biting on my cheeks while chewing. Thanks again.
Clenching will cause a similar pain that grinding will cause.It all involves putting too much pressure on the joint from muscle tension.You obviously hit the front teeth when you do this clenching.Clenching ,grinding and chewing your cheeks are all habits that you have dveloped and alot of these types of habits develop out of stress.I think a night gaurd could help..you can wear these during the day if you like,and finding some other methods to channel your stress if possible.Excercise,yoga,walking,and eliminating confrontations with people or situations that stress you out are good ways to start,if you can figure out who and what they are.I don't think that your bite is off,you are probably sucking on your cheeks and biting down just as a habit.