Sax on the Web Forum banner
1 - 2 of 2 Posts

· Registered
Joined
·
136 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hey guys,

I've sniffed around these forums for the last 5 years or so, I've always found what was said helpful, and considerate. I've found a new problem and something I've, not truely found a place for on your boards.

TMJ issues.

over the last two years, I've had my wisdom teeth drop, this seems to be the kicker that got the ball rolling, I naturally have a bit of an underbite, and a short upper lip so on my alto, Dropping the jaw and pushing it out, is typically what I do to find my sound. with now 4 rather large teeth in the back of my jaw, they now grate against one another in this motion. Which is not sooo bad, however keeping my jaw in that position often leads to long term pain.


That Aside, the solutions, right now seems to be full jaw surgery which could lead to 6 months of no sax, and a rather different facial structure, and a "hope" that it might fix my problems.

I'm wondering if anyone else deals with TMJ issues, and how did you cope?

I meet with a specialist on the fourth, to talk about removing my wisdom teeth, there is a chance that, that in itself, where it started to become noticeable, might resolve the issue, but I'm truly not holding out.

oh and just to clarify, while there is pain after playing. playing itself seems to alleviation the pain altogether. might be a helpful tidbit.


Thank you for your generosity in advance, always good advise here.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
136 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Grate was the wrong word..hard to describe these things

they rub against the ligament in the back of the jaw especially after I play, I'll often get these pops when I'm eating at they'll smack off each other etc, I think it is from the ligament being so tight from playing.

I'll try the softer reed, I play a 31/2 Vandoren blue box at the moment on a Soloist D
 
1 - 2 of 2 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top