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could jaw muscle pain be a sinus infection?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Grinding: Jaw muscle pain is typically caused by clenching or grinding your teeth. Many of us do this and are not aware of it. The pain would be in the temples, back of your jaw, and in front of your ear. The sinuses are located in the forehead, behind your cheekbones, between and around your eyes and sinus infection pain would be in these areas.
Answered on Mar 28, 2018
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Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Diagnosis?: Sinus infections do not typically present as jaw muscle pain. It is sometimes difficult for a patient to differentiate between muscle, jawbone, tmjoint, soft tissue or tooth pain. Check with a dentist and perhaps a physician depending upon your best guess scenario based upon your dental and medical history and any other possible symptoms.
Answered on Jul 8, 2016
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Dr. Michael Jaindl
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
This would not be a typical presentation but it could happen. Bruxism is probably the most common cause of jaw muscle and joint pain.
Oct 8, 2013
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Not likely: Not likely at all. Also depends on which jaw muscle. If you have a sinus infection and jaw pain, after the sinus infection is resolved, if your jaw pain persists, see an oral surgeon for exam.
Answered on Feb 20, 2016

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