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A 60-year-old female asked:

Small lump on right jaw joint near ear lobe ~ pops outward when open mouth. when eat or drink a cold item, pain in lump & on down to lower molars. tmj?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 55 years experience
Coincidental: You may have two simultaneous coincidental problems. You may have dysfunction of your jaw joint with disc displacement, and you may have infected teeth. Please call a Dentist and make an appointment before your chronic problems become severely acute.
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 38 years experience
TMJ? Unlikely: The reasons for the cold sensitivity are many. The most common are receding gums, tooth decay or tooth grinding. It would be reasonable to discuss this with your general dentist.
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 40 years experience
From the "School of Hard Knocks, Doc Style": On a long road trip late at night for work, in winter, I found a box of "Mike & Ike's candy (at three of the yummy chewy, kinda old, kinda cold, kinda hard. Still good. The chewing kept me awake 20 miles. I also sprained my TMJ jt, I found out the next day, and it hurt for 6 months! Moral. Warm up tto soften gummy candies a little first!
Oct 5, 2015
Last updated Oct 5, 2015


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