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A 21-year-old female asked:

what is it when you get shard pain above temple on off for ten minutes at a time is it a sign of something bad? i have tmj and allergies...

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Plaivech
Dentistry 33 years experience
Braces: If you have braces with teeth extracted, clenching, grinding, jaw injury, head and neck injury......Need more information.
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 15 years experience
See a doctor: Tmj issues can definitely cause intermittent discomfort especially if you clench or grind during the day. Stress or long tiring days are often the root cause of many problems. However, if the severity is too great and a nightguard (assuming you have one, if not, get one) doesn't work, you should consult with your physician as well as your dentist.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
TMJ: Likely a flare of your TMJ. See aTMJ 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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Last updated Mar 21, 2015

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