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A 23-year-old female asked:

Tightness in jaw, clicking when i open my mouth, right side of face, teeth, jaw, have intense pain randomly throughout year. this is tmj not sinusitis?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 46 years experience
TMJ: The symptoms you are describing fit more with TMJ disease. Follow up with your dentist or oral surgeon.
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
TMJ: You are describing the symptoms of TMJ, temporal mandibular joint inflammation. This can be caused by grinding your teeth, or if your upper and lower jaw don't meet when you close your mouth. There are simple exercises your doctor or dentist can teach you to stretch the muscles between your jaw, the ptygeroid muscles, so you can prevent the recurrence of the jaw pain.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
You are correct: It appears you have problems with your TMJ. You may be clenching, grinding, or your bite may be off. Your best is to be examined by your local dentist to determine what might exactly be causing your problem. Once that is determined, the proper therapy can be started.
Dr. Paavani Komanduri
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You can also try a mouth guard at night to see if it helps your symptoms. You can buy one for $10-20 at any pharmacy
Aug 27, 2014
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
TMJ TMD: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Proper diagnosis is the key for the successful treatment. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management.
Last updated Mar 2, 2018


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