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PTSD, Cause of Dental Problems

Discussion in 'General' started by Borderline, Jan 22, 2007.

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  1. Borderline

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    I noticed in another thread that I am not the only one here who has dental problems related to PTSD.
    I have problems with going to the dentist in the first place but this is improving.

    I grind my teeth at night when I am asleep. This has done a lot of damage to my teeth, they are worn and some have broken. My dentist made me a mouth guard to put in at night. I have enough problems sleeping and this did not help. I learned to spit it out while asleep. I tried 3 others I developed a gag reaction to having them in at night, so this avenue seemed exhausted.
    The consultant who made the final guard offered me a different solution, Botox injections putting the toxin deep inside the jaw muscles. This worked very well, over the next two weeks the muscles weakened and wasted in size.(they were very big prior to this). I no longer had the strength to do damage to my teeth. One warning, you might not be able to smile for a few weeks if the toxin moves around, this did not bother me.
    I was also refered to the nearest dental hospital, to have the damage repaired, after a couple of useless repairs which broke immediatly I got fed up and did not go back. I referred myself back to the first consultant, he retreated me, he also wrote to the dental hospital regarding the poor treatment that I had been given.
    The dental hospital recalled me and a senior consultant took over my repair work. What a difference this made, he asked if I could take part in his lectures, this only meant him photographing the work as it was done. His solution was " old fashioned" rebuilds done in gold. So after many visits I now have all the damage repaired in gold, a few gold crowns and the worn surfaces lined in gold. As Gold is a "soft" metal in wears before damage occurs. At present my 4 front lower teeth are the only ones without gold inlays. I am also glad to have the old mercury based fillings removed. This along with Botox injections every 12-18months has been a good combination for me.
    I dont know if getting rid of my PTSD would stop the grinding, I think that I have been doing it for so long that it would probably continue.
    Getting this problem sorted has been such a relief, I even have been able to let one or two senior students examine the work, so I am improving.

    Has anyone else got similar storys or any treatments that have worked for them? I am always looking for advice in this area.:poke:
     
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  3. Claire

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    Thats a really good story. I'm glad you got the treatment and understanding you needed in the end. I had a problem going to the dentist after my crash. I couldn't stand lying back in the chair as it was the same position I ended up in in my accident. Of course I didn't work this out at first, I just hated it and couldn't let him recline the seat. After I'd worked it out and told my dentist it was a lot better. I needed some work doing so we split it into short sessions. I find it difficult or impossible to keep still in the chair so with short busts I could manage it better. We'd take breaks during it too until I could handle the next stint. I think a lot of people without PTSD dont like the dentist so I reckoned that my dentist would understand my problem. He did and we worked it out together. The key for me was telling him.
     
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    i grind mine in my sleep, too, and i catch myself with my jaw clenched even during the day. broken molars, fillings falling out, etc. my dentist just fixes them as they come. i can't stand the mouthpiece, it makes me gag.
     
  5. paul

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    most of the damage is cause when we sleep.
    its because our bodies are all tense while we sleep,you could try a relaxation method to try and stop this.
    its the same as when you wake up and feel exhausted because your body has been tensed up the whole night.
     
  6. becvan

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    Funny, the mouth guard makes me gag too!

    bec
     
  7. YoungAndAngry

    YoungAndAngry Well-Known Member

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    I'm so glad gag-reflex isn't a problem for me!
    For me, my mouthguard does the trick... there has been the rare occasion where I have taken it out while sleeping, but that's doesn't happen often.

    I also take various medications that help me get some sleep so I don't know if I can give all the credit to the mouthguard... but if I don't wear it... I'm guarenteed a migraine in the morning.

    Another thing I noticed since reading this thread... my jaw muscle is also strangly defined and large... silly how I never put 2 and 2 together before.
    It makes sense though, less clenching, smaller jaw muscle.....
     
  8. paul

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    i learnt this on the course and like you i didnt put everything together untill then,but then you sit there and think now i get it.
     
  9. mac

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    I used to grind my teeth a lot at night... probably due to nightmares and stress and anger while sleeping. I had a bite guard custom made, but I misplaced (lost) it a while back like I do so many other things. I think my biggest problem now concerning my teeth is my personal lack of care.
     
  10. nov_silence

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    I grind my teeth every night. I lose my mouth gards (i just buy them at drug store- they are for night sleep-grinding. Like 20 bucks - and it works okay). I haven't worn one in months and I feel the impact on my teeth. My jaw clicks when I chew and sometimes my jaw muscules are sore and I get a headache. I hate the dentist or any position where I can be told something negative/ be chastised.
     
  11. YoungAndAngry

    YoungAndAngry Well-Known Member

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    ditto on the jaw clicking....
     
  12. Borderline

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    Hi guys.

    Please get advice from a specialist regarding the jaw clicking, it could be a sign of wear to the joint.
    Grinding teeth is simple, worn jaw joints ie clicking etc could cause serious problems in future.
    Take care
    Borderline.
     
  13. permban0077

    permban0077 Policy Enforcement Banned

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    borderline, my jaw pops alot during things like chewing, yawning, and the like. That is not normal?
     
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