Over the last couple of months I have been aware of something odd. I have not been able to bite down normally – molar touching molar. I have had to move my jaw in a backward motion first – then bite down. I had braces for about a year, almost 5 years ago and somehow – I think this “positioning” for my jaw just seemed normal to me. When I say I became aware of it just in the last couple of months – this has to be just coincidence, because nothing in my mouth was bothering me. It was normal.
However, the last couple of days a crown in my mouth has been bothering me. I am not sure just what exactly was bothering me – only that it was quite sensitive. Especially when I swallowed. It was great timing too – because this morning I had an appointment for a teeth cleaning. If something should go wrong in your mouth – it works great when it coincides with a regular appointment.
I need to add to this story that in packing boxes and doing extra “stuff” I somehow managed to tweak my back in the process. And by tweak – I mean muscle spasms and the works. This pain made it difficult to find a comfortable position for sleeping last night – and so there I was with ice on my back my feet elevated and a sore crown in my mouth.
So this morning with a back wrap around my waist secured tight, and with a little difficulty getting in and out of the vehicle for my cleaning appointment – I went inside to a friendly and accommodating dental staff. Every person helpful and intent on helping me find the cause of my sensitive tooth and careful about my sore back. (Just a side note – if you need a great dentist and live in the Renton area – look up Steve C. Yang, DDS. He and his staff are amazing.) Dr. Yang wiggled and probed and no matter what he did he could not find anything wrong with the crown. I was definitely feeling it when he wiggled the crown – but there was nothing visibly wrong. I was starting to think the pain was all in my head (or back) and even told him! But he laughed and said, “No – I think maybe your bite is a little off” And with that he set about to adjust it. As he was doing so, I told him about the curious normal way that I had to bite down (or not bite down as the case was). He said that was not normal and began a series of biting down tests to mark where my teeth were abnormally hitting. This took careful evaluation and then the area was marked and expertly polished down. Within a couple of minutes my “locked” jaw was released – and a new normal took effect. I was actually able to rock my bite from side to side – something I had never been able to do! And there is no odd “popping” sound. Amazingly enough – it is in that simple little adjustment – where pain or a pain-free existence can take place.
I pondered these things while having my teeth cleaned – and then again while I went in search of a chiropractor to help me with my icky back. I learned that many a chiropractor office (including my own) are closed on Tuesday!
The nice man we found to help me was able to bring my back to a new normal - at least it should be after much ibuprofen and ice! I will tell you that it gives me much empathy for those who live with chronic back pain as their normal!
Back pain – at least the lower back, has never been an issue for me. But it becoming more that way as I become older. The tiniest things can set it off – a mere twisting wrong, or even turning over wrong in bed! I must keep this area strong so that the new normal for me is NOT lower back pain!! No more tooth pain – and soon NO MORE BACK PAIN!
What about you? Have you even had a minor adjustment that shook your world and gave you a new normal? I pray that your adjustment is relatively painless – and does not include a crown or your lower back :)