Dental repercussions

by John
(England )

I had a crown fitted three weeks ago and I am convinced that it has caused TMD. The pain is intermittent and responds well to the cold. It comes and goes for no other apparent reasons. It can be very painful.

Hello John,
The crown was fitted presumably in the chair whilst your were conscious. Working at the back of the mouth means opening the jaw quite wide, but you would have yelled before damage was done to the disc.

I suspect this is something that will pass. Massage the masseter and temporalis muscles on the side of the head, wriggle your jaw about, and use ice as you say.

If the crown is lying proud then it will need to be ground down a bit. Talk to your dentist.

Let me know in a few weeks if this is still troubling you.

Dr B

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