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I've had a clicking jaw (l/h side) for some time, and has recently gotten worse resulting in prolonged periods of inability to fully open mouth - particularly bad when eating. I used to be able to push the jaw joint back into functioning, but this is not so easy now.
I've been to the doctor who referred me to NHS specialist; very quick examination resulted in a diagnosis of it being caused by grinding my teeth whilst asleep. I've now been wearing a mouth guard in bed since mid-May, but I've actually found that the locking is getting worse - almost permanent - and when it does click back into place it feels as through something is going to snap! Is this part of the 'healing' process?
Whilst I do not wish to criticise the doctor directly, he gave very little attention to other possibilities as soon as he decided I grind my teeth. My appointment lasted less than 10 minutes, most of which was spent creating the mould for the mouth guard.
I've got about 3 or 4 months before my follow up appointment, but I don't feel that I'm going to be able to put up with this for much longer.
I'd be grateful for any advice on how to go from here - thanks.
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