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Charleroi, PA
A 43-year-old female asked:

Burning, achy pain behind upper wisdom tooth. tooth is fine. dentist says tmj. motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) doesn't help. can tmj cause this achiness? miserable!

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Orofacial Pain 12 years experience
Yes: Temporomandibular disorders can definitely cause these symptoms. You can find an Orofacial pain specialist on www.aaop.org. You can try warm compresses over the jaws; it might help.
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Absolutely: TMJ issues can cause a host of problems. Discuss your treatment options with your dentist.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Yes: analgesics don't cure problems, only make the symptoms less noticeable. To resolve problem you must identify and treat cause. Ask Dentist to refer you to Dentist who concentrates in resolving orofacial pain (OFP), or an Oral Surgeon, or the Dental Medicine Department at Pitt, the closest Dental School to you.
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
See OFP specialist: to rule out wisdom tooth pain. Orofacial Pain specialists are dedicated exclusively to the treatment of orofacial pain, TMJ pain, jaw pain, facial pain, bruxism and TMJ disorders. Find a doctor close to where you live or work.
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Last updated Dec 13, 2018

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