My jaw has shifted
February 28, 2006 9:30 PM Subscribe
It seems as if my jaw has shifted forward about an inch. How is that possible?
posted by karmaville to Health & Fitness (12 answers total)
On waking Sunday morning, I noticed that my jaw had shifted forward. It took me from a very small overbite to a pronounced underbite. My teeth no longer "fit" together properly.
I have had some minor jaw pain recently, TMJ-like, from a flare of chronic arthritis. It felt like a ball bearing stuck in the hinge causing pain when I bit down. I still have a slight burning sensation and some tightness under my right ear. This has been going on for about two weeks after stopping an anti-inflammatory due to side effects.
Unfortunately, I have neither access to neither my rheumatologist or a dentist for at least a week or so. Is it possible that the joint inflammation is pressing my jaw forward causing the problem? Have you experienced anything similar? Should I seek emergent care?