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A 44-year-old member asked:

jaw pain discomfort on right side. what does this sound like?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Duane Keller
Dentistry 45 years experience
Infection or TMJ: Pain is an indecation that something is wrong. It may be tht you have an infection (bacteria) or you may have a problem with you bite/muscle?Tmj. Check with your dentist to find out and treat the cause of your pain. These problems don't correct themselves, so professional help is recommended.
Dr. Tony Menendez
Prosthodontics 37 years experience
TMJ?: Sounds like tmj. You should have it evaluated and be given options for treatment including physical therapy or a bite guard.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Too vague : We need more information. Just saying that you have "jaw pain" is too vague. If it's in front of your ear by your jaw joint it could be tmd. Other than that, it could be from muscles, tooth problem, gum problem, infection, etc. Anyway, rather than trying to get answers over the internet, you should see a dentist who can examine you and tell you what's causing it and what to do about it.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Oral surgeon: Type of pain? Location? Other symptoms? Duration? See an oral surgeon for assessment. Could be TMj but can be many other things.

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