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have jaw pain when chewing. what can i do to alleviate the pain?

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Dr. Edward Zuckerberg
Dentistry 43 years experience
Jaw pain on chewing: There are many problems that can cause jaw pain upon chewing. A single bad tooth can be the problem, or gum disease may be causing tooth loosening, but the most common and difficult to diagnose cause is the habit of clenching or grinding ones' teeth. This can chronically cause the ligaments of the teeth to get stretched and cause the jaw to ache. A bite guard should be custom fabricated to help.
Dr. Matthew Hyde
Dentistry 41 years experience
See a dentist!: There are many possible diagnoses for the symptoms, from TMJ disorders to a nerve dying on a tooth. The best solution would be a thorough examination with either a dentist or an oral surgeon.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
You need examination: A local dentist can examine you for TMJ problems, periodontal problems, prematurities on closure, impacted wisdom teeth, etc. So many causes, so impossible to diagnose accurately over the internet. All the best...
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
TMJ - Jaw pain: You have a tmj/muscle dysfunction problem that is treated by a dentist. Select a dentist that routinely treats TMJ with functional orthopedic type applicances. Many dentist treat tmj, however only about 5% are really good at it partly due to familiar with a wide range of modes of therapy to better customize the treatment specifically for your conditions.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Depends on cause: Depends on the cause. Can range from bad tooth to bad tumor. See oral surgeon or dentist for exam/diagnosis/treatment recommendations.

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