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sore jaw (DH) possible cartilage problems - what treatments?

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Mowiol Wed 17-Nov-10 00:33:33

Just wondered if anyone knows what treatments there might be for a potential cartilage problem in the jaw?

Short back story: for several weeks DH has had a sore jaw when chewing, swallowing etc. It is also sore when lying on that side at night.
Initially thought it was a possible dental/infection problem but he has been to GP and Dental Hospital, had X-rays which have also been examined by a radiologist and there is nothing sinister but they think it may be a cartilage problem. No sign of any problems with teeth and no obvious infection.

So, knowing there are all sorts of professionals here on MN I wondered what treatments there might be for problems in cartilage in the jaw?

He has another dental appointment in a week or so but I can see it's affecting his sleep etc.

blinks Wed 17-Nov-10 01:04:14

could be TMJ

is he a night time grinder (ooer missus)? you can get a splint made to help if it is TMJ.

Mowiol Wed 17-Nov-10 11:35:11

The night time grinding thing was mentioned smile but not aware of it if it's happening.

Not sure what TMJ stands for tbh! Splint sounds interesting though!

Thanks for your reply - we'll see what they say next week.

ProfessorLaytonIsMyLoveSlave Wed 17-Nov-10 11:42:43

I wasn't aware of DH doing night time grinding, but since he started wearing a mouthguard at night he's not getting pain any more (not that that means that night time grinding is your DH's problem, just that if it were you wouldn't necessarily be aware).

TMJ = Temporomandibular joint disorder (Wikipedia link)

Mowiol Wed 17-Nov-10 15:28:18

Thanks Professor - hopefully they can sort him out soon!

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