Be aware of your right and left jaw joints just in front of your ears. What is happening with your joints as you open and close fairly wide?
Now do the same thing with your jaw a bit more forward. Open and close on the biting edges of your front teeth. What is happening with your jaw joints in this position?
It is likely your jaw joints are more comfortable opening and closing in the “end on end” position than in your normal bite on your back teeth.
If this is the case, have your dentist make a device to hold your jaw in this position when you sleep. It is likely your joints will improve during your sleep so that the painful chewing is better.
You may eventually need to have your jaw in this position 24/7.
Hope this helps.
Steven Chamish, DDS
Hope this helps,
Jossi Stokes, DDS