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Jaw Pain (Definition)

Jaw pain is pain in the upper and lower jaws including the tmj. There are many causes of jaw pain and your dentist usually ...Read more


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Can a cavity cause jaw & neck pain?

Can a cavity cause jaw & neck pain?

YES: This is called referred pain. When the cavity kills the pulp of the tooth, the subsequent infection goes down the root to the jaw and the pain and infection can spread to the bottom of the jaw and the neck. ...Read more

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I have an achey pain on the hard palate behind upper wisdom tooth. There is NO TOOTH PAIN. Cavity in the tooth. Could this b the cause. Ear & jaw pain?

I have an achey pain on the hard palate behind upper wisdom tooth. There is NO TOOTH PAIN. Cavity in the tooth. Could this b the cause. Ear & jaw pain?

Yes: Dental decay involving the tooth nerve can often feel like it is coming from different locations (referred pain). See the dentist asap and get this taken care of. ...Read more

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Cheek and jaw pain a week after having a cavity filled. What should I do?

Cheek and jaw pain a week after having a cavity filled. What should I do?

See dentist: This could be anything from injection trauma to a possible root canal problem.
Your dentist will diagnose and treat properly. ...Read more

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Jaw pain last week, dentist filled 2 cavities, one top and one bottom on left side. No pain after procedure, now day after the pain returned.

Jaw pain last week, dentist filled 2 cavities, one top and one bottom on left side. No pain after procedure, now day after the pain returned.

Pain: You just had surgery done. Some post-operative discomfort is not unusual. Give it a couple of days. If the pain has not started to ease off in two days, call your Dentist. In the meantime try an OTC pain reliever as per package directions. ...Read more

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I have right jaw pain at cheekbone hurts to bite down & open mouth wide hurts to touch no cavities, what's causing it?

I have right jaw pain at cheekbone hurts to bite down & open mouth wide hurts to touch no cavities, what's causing it?

TMJ: It sounds like muscular pain or referred pain from trigger points. This can be due to the way your teeth bite together. It could be from a whiiplash injury. It could be a sinus infection. There could be an abscessed tooth that is interfering with your bite. You need to get an exam to determine a cause. ...Read more

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What is the cause of jaw pain in tmj?

What is the cause of jaw pain in tmj?

Occlusion: The most common reason but jot the only reason for pain in the TMJ joint is occlusion that is unbalanced. Occlusion is the way your teeth fit together. If their isn't a harmonious balance in the occlusion TMJ pain is often a result. ...Read more

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What could be a cause of lower jaw pain?

What could be a cause of lower jaw pain?

Need Consultation: Some things are:
1) infected tooth.
2) cavities.
3) gum disease.
4) malignant (cancer)
5) muscle dysfunction.
6) TMJ malfunctions.\
7) etc., . ...Read more

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What causes my jaw pain right after donating plasma?

Unknown: Your symptom is unusual. Call your plasma donation center and describe your symptoms. There may not be a connection. ...Read more

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What could be a cause for lower jaw pain? What can I do?

What could be a cause for lower jaw pain? What can I do?

Many things: Trauma, tooth decay, infected tooth, periodontal disease, benign tumor, malignant tumor, muscle pain, TMJ (jaw joint) problems, ear infection (referred to jaw),
See oral surgeon for diagnosis/treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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I have jaw pain on and off for 2 months now. It got further aggravated when I bit slightly sideways. Could that cause my jaw to be dislocated?

I have jaw pain on and off for 2 months now. It got further aggravated when I bit slightly sideways. Could that cause my jaw to be dislocated?

Possibly however: It would be an excellent idea for you to be evaluated by a dentist &/or Otolaryngologist. There are several possibilities for jaw pain of which TMJ is only one and an exam is in order. In the meantime eat only soft foods, use warm compresses and take an anti-inflammatory until you can get an appointment. ...Read more

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When I woke up this morning, I had jaw pain. While in bed, I did some clenching/grinding. Could the clenching/grinding cause my jaw to dislocate?

Get an ekg: Jaw pain can be caused by a heart attack so make sure you rule that out first. It can be due to grinding too. Also get checked by your PCP for TMJ. ...Read more

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What are some causes for ear and jaw pain?

Many things: It could be ear related or jaw related and within those categories are many possibilities.
It is best to see an orofacial pain specialist for the jaw pain or a physician to rule out ear related pain. ...Read more

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What is the cause of my jaw pain?

Depends: Jaw pain can be related to a number of different causes, depending on which jaw you are having pain in. It would help if you could describe the type of pain, frequency, as well as if you can localize the specific area where the pain is vs generalized pain. A thorough clinical evaluation with the appropriate studies by your dentist would be recommended. ...Read more

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What can cause one-sided jaw pain?

More info needed...: Maxillary or mandibular? Constant or episodic? Anterior or posterior? Bruxism? Dental restorations? Periodontal status? As you can see, your problem is best diagnosed by a dentist who can examine you... so many variables to consider. ...Read more

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What causes jaw pain or duscomfort?

Bruxism/Infxn/Frcts: Common 2 causes are: 1) Bruxism - teeth grinding. If this is the cause a nightbguard is needed. 2) Tooth infections from cavities or micro or macro fractures this will require fillings, possible Root canals and Crowns. ...Read more

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Can eating alot of hard chips cause jaw pain?

Chips and Jaw Pain: Chewing vigorously and repeatedly on hard objects can lead to injury locally within your mouth, but also can traumatize your TMJ apparatus. Moderation is probably best, even if the chips are tasty. ...Read more

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What can cause sudden severe jaw pain (both sides hurt)?

What can cause sudden severe jaw pain (both sides hurt)?

See oral surgeon: A number of things. Best advice is to see an oral surgeon who can diagnose and treat the problem. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause jaw pain?

Can anxiety cause jaw pain?

No: Jaw pain can be caused from misalignment of the jaw structures or tooth abscesses. Get a Dental and an Orthodontic evaluation. ...Read more

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What would cause jaw popping after having cavities filled?

Open too long: If you had your mouth open for an extended period while having the fillings done, this may cause a dislocation of the disc of the TMJ off the top of the joint. The popping you hear is this disc sliding back into place on the top of the joint. This should be a temporary condition as healing occurs. If the disc has become significantly displaced, you may need splint therapy to recapture the disc. ...Read more

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Would pain caused by a cavity come from the tooth or the jaw?

Tooth initially: A cavity can cause tooth pain from thermal sensitivity to pain with sweets. As the caries progresses the tooth can ache, intermittently to constant dull ache. As the nerve is damaged the jaw can begin to hurt, mild to severe. Sometimes difficult to determine source, referred other teeth or parts of jaw. ...Read more

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Woke up left jaw hurts. I sleep on my right side. Could sleeping with a fan cause this? Jaw pain usually subsides in an hour.

Woke up left jaw hurts. I sleep on my right side. Could sleeping with a fan cause this? Jaw pain usually subsides in an hour.

Probably clenching: Most probable cause is clenching or gritting your teeth while you sleep. Try sleeping on your back or a different position and try to remove all distractions from your sleeping area to get a good nights rest. ...Read more

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Can Lexapro (escitalopram) cause lasting jaw pain? I had a bad reaction to my first and only dose a week ago which included jaw quivering and my jaw has hurt since.

SSRIs and clenching: SSRI's SNRI's take some time for the body to acclimate. Generally, your MD starts you at a low dose and works you up to a therapeutic dose. Some side effects can be nervousness and jaw clenching. One possibility is that this has created a spasm in the muscles that close the jaw. Check with your MD about side effects and have your dentist examine you if jaw pain persists. ...Read more

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Can GERD cause jaw pain?

Gerd and jaw pain: The jaw pain is caused because the jaw in a way to protect itself from the over production of acid through stomach and into the mouth will close and flex. The constant flex of muscles in jaw manifests as jaw pain and/or ear pain. The cause is always stress. Treating gerd and the jaw imbalance together will help. U need to see your physician and dentist and have them work together. Good luck! ...Read more

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Tooth pain and jaw pain, what are some causes?

Tooth pain and jaw pain, what are some causes?

Many: Many. Infection. Injury, cancer or other pathology, clench/grind teeth, jaw joint (TMJ). If you have jaw/tooth pain, see your dentist. ...Read more

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Could sinuses cause lower jaw pain?

No: Lower jaw pain caused either by a tooth dying or TMJ so see your dentist. As for the sinus please see your ent. ...Read more