Thursday, August 23, 2012

Rambling

I have TMD. Which basically means that I have a problem with my jaw joints, and that I used to sleep with a splint between my teeth to keep myself from damaging them. That's not a joke -- I have two chips in a front tooth from grinding away in my sleep.
 
The awesome thing about this though is that they had to take a mold of my teeth to make a splint special for me. And even though making the mold to make mold wasn't fun (they put stuff in my mouth that made me feel like I was going to suffocate) it's awesome that they sent me home with the molds they used to make the splint.
 
How many people have molds of their teeth?
 
Everything together...upside down...oops...

I am suddenly self conscious of how uneven my teeth are. Oh well.

Purple stuff
 
In addition to the actual mold they had me bite on this line of purple stuff. I guess it was to figure out what my bite is.
 
Top and bottom mold

File this post under weird and random stuff that I'm sharing because I don't have anything better to talk about. I actually got the splint and molds a few months ago, and although the doctor told me to keep using the splint I stopped. I'm also not using my muscle relaxant meds at night anymore. My TMD has improved to where I don't really need them anymore. Now I'm just hoping that it will stay improved, and that nothing will trigger a return of it.

Actually, it would be stress that would trigger a return (as has happened in the past), and it seems that my new coping mechanism is loss of appetite, instead of TMD. I'm honestly not sure which one I prefer. As you might imagine, appetite loss comes with its own set of problems.

And now I'm rambling. But I'll leave my ramblings on here. Because...just because.

2 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

When I was in high school, I worked part-time for a dentist. I had to learn how to cast those molds in plaster of paris. It's an interesting process and takes a few tries to learn how. The first mold that I successfully cast was of my own upper teeth and yes, I still do have that plaster of paris model in a box somewhere, LOL!

Sarita Rucker said...

Learning how to make the mold would be neat! Though I might be afraid of putting the foaming stuff in the patients mouth initially, due to my memories of feeling like I was suffocating.