TMJ and herbst appliance...questions?
So I researched online and found out that the herbst appliance COULD cause jaw problems/TMJ, which makes me pretty angry because my orthodontist did not even mention that to me before he put the herbst appliance in. Like I said, now that it's off I have jaw issues. It also bothers me that he JUST told me that years ago I had teeth grinding problems, and I doubt he ever really tried to fix it. He also told me that COULD cause TMJ. I'm upset that he never told me any of this before. Now everytime I tell him about my jaw issues he just shrugs it off and tells me to take pain killer. The pain killer doesn't even work.
Now I'm starting to think that he's just saying all this to get more money. He probably knows I have a jaw problem but doesn't want to refer me to a different doctor, because it could interfere with his dental work on my mouth/with money.
Anyway, I'd like to know if you think I have TMJ, and if I do, what should I do about it?
Also, could the herbst appliance have caused my jaw problems?
...And are there any types of gums that I CAN chew or can I not chew any gum with this issue.