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A 16-year-old female asked:

i ate popcorn at the movies, six weeks after a wisdom toothextraction. now, my gum and jaw are swollen and they hurt.it didn't happen until now. what should i do?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mike Deldar
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
Have it checked out: Go back to your dentist and have them look at the socket ( place of extracted tooth).
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
In that area?: Is the swelling and/or pain in the area of the tooth extraction, or someplace else? Your post did not say. After six weeks the extraction should be healed. You may have a different problem unrelated to the extraction, and that's why you need to call your dentist for an exam and diagnosis.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Dental problem: Your current symptoms may or may not be related to the extraction 6 weeks ago. In any case, the only way to know what's wrong and what treatment is needed is to see your own local dentist.

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Why does my jaw randomly hurt and then pop?

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Does it hurt to get your dislocated jaw fixed?

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My jaw seems to be constantly popping and is soar in the mornings like if i hurt it what could be wrong?

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A 23-year-old female asked:

My jaw clicks and pops when moved from side to side doesn't hurt tho any ideas why this would happen ?

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Dr. Randall Stastny
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My jaw clicks everytime i open and close it and it doesn't hurt. What could this be? How can I make this go away?

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Dr. Steven Albright
Dentistry 43 years experience
"TMJ": There is a "disc" on right and left between the jaw joint and the skull. This can get "caught" or "stuck". It can also be damaged by trauma or grinding teeth or malocclusion. It can also become arthritic, although not usually in a 19 year old. Making it "go away" is difficult and complex. See a good dentist, .

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