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  1. sjfine

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    I don't clench, and I generally don't hold my pipes in my teeth (even loosely) for all that long. Nevertheless, there are time when my jaw becomes so misaligned that I cannot even bite down without serious complications. Sometimes, I need to click my jaw into place every time I close my mouth.

    This condition lasts for one-three days, and always gets better.

    What the hell am I doing to cause this?

    Anyone else ever experience this?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. spartan

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    Nope, never experienced that.

    Better hit up your PCP.

    Sounds annoying as hell though.

    "I was born to lose. So I'll die to win." -Breaking Benjamin
    Posted 1 year ago #
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    I'd call your dentist first. In fact, I'm very surprised your dentist hasn't caught your jaw alignment problem already

    Posted 1 year ago #
  4. eaglerico

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    Sounds like it may be TMJ or Temporomandibular joint disorder. I have it and have to sleep with a custom made mouthpiece that holds your teeth in a certain way so your jaw muscles and can relax at night and go back to their natural form. Muscles tend to compensate for near by muscles that are not pulling their weight. Mine got so bad it started affecting muscles in my nack and upper back and I had to have pain pills to just manage the pain. Finally got to a good doctor working with a good Oral surgeon. Stress and teeth grinding make it worse. I am not a medical professional but you need to get it check out before it gets worse. Link below.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporomandibular_joint_disorder

    Glenn
    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Oh and because of this I only smoke bent pipes. A straight pipe puts just the right amount of pressure on my lower jaw to make it hurt and even be sore the next day.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  6. sjfine

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    Thanks, boys.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    I'm not sure if it's mind over matter or what, but after reading this I have been getting jaw pain like crazy. But also only when I smoke straights, and on one side of my monuth. Funny I have never noticed before that I have rather large K-9's on my lower jaw, and when I looked in the mirror I noticed that it shifts my jaw off to the side.

    John
    Posted 12 months ago #
  8. petergunn

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    Over the years I've learned that more important than how well a pipe smokes is how well it hangs out of my mouth. I've got jaw issues and dental issues so I'm real picky about pipe weight, stem bent and even bit shape. I've had to dump some pretty decent smokers because they just didn't hang right for me.

    Posted 12 months ago #
  9. redbeard

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    I occasionally get this as well, but I clench often and it goes away in a few days. Didn't think of it being anything else because I never had jaw pain before.

    Posted 12 months ago #
  10. cavendish

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    Possibly grinding your teeth when you sleep? Have you ever boxed/fought and took a hard hit to the jaw and knocked you out?
    I remember when I was younger my dad had jaw problems and they narrowed it down to teeth grinding in his sleep. They gave him fitted mouth guard and he hasn't had problems since. AFAIK he still grinds his teeth and still has to use a mouth guard. He's 67 and still has occasional problems with his jaw from grinding his teeth or if he forgets to wear the mouth guard before bed.

    Just a thought..

    Posted 12 months ago #
  11. peckinpahhombre

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    Jaw pain can be a really horrible condition. My wife has had to live with it since our third date many years ago.

    Posted 12 months ago #
  12. ugh457

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    My wife has had to live with it since our third date many years ago

    Poor girl, have you found a cure??

    Posted 12 months ago #
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    With Peck, Divorce is the only answer!

    The Old Cajun
    Posted 12 months ago #
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    +1 peckinpahhombre

    Kent

    Posted 12 months ago #
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    Sorry - hard to resist that one.

    Posted 12 months ago #
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    My wife has the same problem, and she's not a smoker. Her doctor (not dentist) gave her some very simple exercises involving basically making very funny faces. But it's worked. So check with your doc.

    "Thus shall you view these fleeting worlds: As bubbles in the stream;
    A lightning flash, a puff of smoke, a phantom, and a pipe dream.
    - The Diamond Sutra (slightly edited for pipe smokers)
    Posted 12 months ago #
  17. peckinpahhombre

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    That is great advice. I'll let her know.

    Posted 12 months ago #
  18. cigrmaster

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    peck, I am surprised your wife doesn't have carpal tunnel in her fingers from having to use tweezers all the time.

    Harris
    Posted 12 months ago #
  19. peckinpahhombre

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    Harris, this is a very serious condition. Please show some respect and don't make light of another person's malady.

    Posted 12 months ago #
  20. cigrmaster

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    peck, the only thing causing your wife's jaw pain is her constantly screaming no 20 times a day. lol

    Posted 12 months ago #

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