It's been a long time since i last posted (well... erm.... almost never?...) I started playing brass 2 years ago, after a 13 years long hiatus. It has been all rosy until now, i thorougly enjoy it, practice almost every day and i manage to improve slightly, too. (Absoltely slowly, but relatively steadily. :) )
However, circa a year ago i have discovered a noticeable clicking in my jaw every time i open or close it (on the left side, right under my ear). I think i had it earlier, too, just was not aware of it. Zero pain for now, so its not affecting my playing or practicing yet. I went to the dentist a few months ago, i got a nightguard but it does not stopped or reduced the clicking.
I noticed that after playing for a few minutes, the clicking gets slightly stronger but still no pain, even after a few hours of rehearsing too. I have an overbite but i do not tend to jut my jaw forward when playing (not purposedly, at least) - last week, during a rehersal i noticed that i may forcing it a little forward and create more tension than naturally needed, though.
Sorry for starting a new thread with this, i guess i read all the threads here about TMJ, as i understand each and every case is diferent and i just wanted to know what you all think about this: is it a thing to be worried about in the long run? I have asked three different dentists about the subject, none of them could help me in merit about this case (TMJ problems, relating trumpet playing).
Is it a thing that can end my hobby playing carreer (1-1,5 hours playing a day)? Or if i manage to use as little pressure and tension as possible, not to force my jaw forward and use the most natural, smooth embouchure possible, there will always be a way to continue playing?
I realize its a bit like asking you to tell fortunes for years ahead, i just want to know what is the basic "consensus" about the severity of TMJ problems in general. It is preferably a carreer-ender in the long run, or just a thing that needs some awareness.