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Old 06-07-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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Hi all,

I have three cavities, two of which has been filled already. The first one was my back top one on my left side. I got my bottom front one done today which was a piece of cake compared to what I went through last time. I actually had intended to do the other back one today which isn't that big, but when they gave me a Novocaine shot on my right side, my jaws wouldn't open very wide.

Last time they had to have a mouth-prop hold my mouth open to get the filling done, and when they pulled the mouth prop out my jaws like, popped. It was so scary but I figured that was over. I'm really upset that I have to go through this one more time, but I'm also scared it won't work. I've been having jaw issues that I've noticed for a few years now, but I've only had one other cavity in my life. Why is it that in 2011 we still have to have an actual shot to use Novocaine??? And what am I going to do if I can't get my mouth open to get the last filling done?

I'm thinking right now that I have two choices; do the filling without the Novocaine or just not get the filling done which would mean I'd probably need an extraction.

Has anybody had experience with this?
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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I use the mouth props even for cleaning. It hurts to hold my mouth open, I have a mild TMJ disorder. Have them put the prop in before you get the shot.
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:48 PM
 
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Thanks for your reply, maybe I'll do that.
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:03 PM
 
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Yeah they just put it on the other side. Also, I use the child size ones due to my mouth size.

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Old 09-22-2011, 09:34 AM
 
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Well, it's been awhile but months later I finally got my cavities filled and my teeth cleaned. I was under the influence of that "laughing gas" stuff for the regular cleaning, and it worked wonders. I will be using that from now on for dental work of any kind until I can do something about my TMJ problems.
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Well, it's been awhile but months later I finally got my cavities filled and my teeth cleaned. I was under the influence of that "laughing gas" stuff for the regular cleaning, and it worked wonders. I will be using that from now on for dental work of any kind until I can do something about my TMJ problems.
Oh yes ... nitrous oxide and a valium an hour before the appointment.
That's the only way that i can deal with dental work.
For TMJ ... a good chiropractor or acupuncturist if you're open to alternative treatments.
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:44 AM
 
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Acupuncture is great for TMJ syndrome. I used to have it really severe and acupuncture helped a lot. Also used children's mouth props for dental work. When it was really bad I couldn't close my mouth for a day after the dental work and I was stuck with my mouth gaping open. I felt so stupid! Lol.
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