My jaw is out of alignment. I think it's been this way for years and has just gotten worse. On my left side I can feel my jaw protruding, while on the right, everything is smooth. My jaw pops about 50% of the time when I open my mouth wide enough. It's loud enough that other people comment on it. But most of the time it causes me no pain.
Recently I've had to go to several consecutive dentist appointments. I guess every two weeks since the beginning of October. So I have to open and close my mouth for 1-2 hours at a time. It doesn't help that I'm always tense at that time because of my anxiety towards these procedures. Afterwards I'm sore, but it goes away the next day.
Most recently, I had an appointment Thursday that lasted two hours. I had a temporary crown put on. The next day it came off and I had to go back to have it put back on. I saw a different dentist and he said to the assistant, "She's got pretty severe TMJ, you hear that popping?" And then nothing more about it.
Now.. well, I woke up and the left side hurt really, really bad. I can hardly open my mouth without pain and I definitely can't put any real effort into talking, ie raise my voice.
My question is, is my pain possibly from having to continuously open/close my mouth and keep it open? I assume it is, and if so, will this go away soon? I actually have to have gum surgery Wednesday and I'm worried it wont be better by then, or it will, and then get worse again.