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A 44-year-old member asked:

who do i talk to about jaw pain?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry 9 years experience
TMJ /TMD Specialist: An oral surgeon or a TMJ specialist would be able to diagnose or identify the cause of the jaw pain you are experiencing . Either treated or put you on the right direction for a cure.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Expertise: The choice of whom to see for a consultation regarding jaw or joint pain should be the dentist with the most knowledge and experience in this area. It may be general dentist, an oral surgeon, or an orthodontist. Some dentists have extensive training in this area, while others do not. There are even some offices that promote their practices as pain centers. If in doubt, ask your own dentist.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Dentist first: First your dentist to rule out dental problems. if teeth negative, see a TMJ-orofacial pain expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.

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