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Jaw Pain Months After Tooth Extraction

In Febuary, I had my right lower molar removed after a battle with an abcess (abscess). Due to the cost, I decided not to have the tooth replaced with an implant. It is now late October and I have been experiencing extreme TMJ pain in my in my left upper jaw for about a month, which is on the opposite side of the tooth removal. I've had TMJ in the past, but nothing like this time. The pain is horrible. I finally connected the dots and realized my teeth have probably shifted from not having the implant done when it was an option earlier this year. Is there any sort of special splint that will help the teeth shift back into place and alleviate the jaw pain. Thank you!
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While your hypothesis seems plausible, I wouldn't jump to conclusions that it is correct and that a splint is the solution.

You need to be seen by someone who specializes in TMJ/neck & face pain.  This could be a dentist, it could be an MD or physical therapist.  I've been having great success w/ physical therapy lately.

If you can get this diagnosed as a medical condition and you have health insurance, you will do better financially.  Ask the doctor to not use the phrase tmj in diagnosis as that might flag the insurance company.  My doc said myo fascial pain of neck and head.

In the meantime, ice your jaw and you might want to take some anti-inlammatory mets.
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