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Thank you so much lancewan for your reply. Thats really relieving to hear. I googled tmj symptoms but there wasnt anything on submandibular swelling, only a bit on parotid salivary gland swelling due to blockages etc. i seriously thought i had cancer!

when the dentist told me I grind my teeth I never knew there could be so many other issues! This continued gland swelling, ear pain, sore throat, and sore back gums in the last few weeks I am now thinking is all down to grinding.
Big Worry Bum

Those symptoms do seem to match TMJ quite close, so I am going to explain things as I have experienced it or researched symptoms;

Sore gums - this is due to the grinding, normally bruxism is prevalent on back teeth and with serious cases it can cause teeth to wear down or even crack some of them which could necessitate removal. Has your dentist noticed higher wear on your molars or is this grinding quite recent?

ear pain - this is down to the pressure on the jaw bone from the grinding, pressure gets transferred into the middle ear area and any jaw misalignment an cause various ear complaints like feeling blocked or full of water or ear ache but without any obvious foreign body or infections. The other added issue is that any muscle tension that builds up in the jaw area from constant grinding also gets transferred through some ligaments into the middle ear area and again misalignment and pressure can put pressure unevenly on the inner ear causing pain.

Sore throat - I have not had this but have seen a lot of people mention it, what happens from what I can gather is that any tension in the muscles gets transferred into the throat, normally on the same area where the jaw is misaligned or where there are symptoms like jaw clicking, ear ache etc. The muscles attach to the hyoid bone, this is a free standing bone in the front of the throat and one sided tension can put uneven pressure on it and the surrounding area.

Apologies for the essay, do take a look at some stretches and exercises you can do to help relieve your symptoms. Also take a look at some stresses and find out what is on your mind the most to see if resolving that reduces your bruxism. It can be anything even something trivial but which is always on your mind.

If the symptoms dont improve then go back to your gp, the advice I provide is based on personal experience and research.
[QUOTE=big worry bum;5127910]Thank you so much lancewan for your reply. Thats really relieving to hear. I googled tmj symptoms but there wasnt anything on submandibular swelling, only a bit on parotid salivary gland swelling due to blockages etc. i seriously thought i had cancer!

when the dentist told me I grind my teeth I never knew there could be so many other issues! This continued gland swelling, ear pain, sore throat, and sore back gums in the last few weeks I am now thinking is all down to grinding.[/QUOTE]

I get all these problems and I have always been grinding my teeth since I was a tot. I have no energy, painful glands, sore throat, muscle aches and pains. And migraines. As well as a nasty bites to my tongue!

My dentist suggests having a guard made to protect my teeth and reduce the tension pressure on my jaw.

This will cost me £95 but it might be I'm not sleeping well and giving myself more tension than I need to be carrying! Worth a try!





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