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How do I know the difference between jaw ache and toothache?

How do I know the difference between jaw ache and toothache?

Dentist: You can see your regular dentist. They can let you know if you need to see a specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Tooth Pain (Definition)

Just what it says. Pain may be localized or diffuse, sharp or dull, aching or throbbing. May be from a host of different causes, the most common being infection. It requires immediate treatment, pain indicates the cause has significantly progressed. Please ...Read more


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Do people sometimes suffer from jaw ache and toothache as a result of stress?

Do people sometimes suffer from jaw ache and toothache as a result of stress?

Clinching: Stress may lead to grinding and clinching your teeth and both may cause jaw aches, please check with your dentist and let him determine if you grinds your teeth or not. ...Read more

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I have headache, toothache, jaw ache, earache and a massive lump with hurts when touched just under my chin. What could this be?

I have headache, toothache, jaw ache, earache and a massive lump with hurts when touched just under my chin. What could this be?

Tooth abscess: You should see a dentist as soon as possible. An abscessed tooth in the lowerjaw can produce all of those symptoms. The dental nerve has branches over that entire area. ...Read more

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Chipped back molar no tooth pain but tongue sore from rubbing. Discomfort in upper and lower jaw area. Molar on bottom. Can this cause jaw pain 2?

Chipped back molar no tooth pain but tongue sore from rubbing. Discomfort in upper and lower jaw area. Molar on bottom. Can this cause jaw pain 2?

Definitely, yes: Traumatic ulcers of the tongue are usually the cause of the jaw pain. They are next to the cause of the damage (broken, sharp tooth) and go away once the source of the problem is removed. Fix your molar ASAP. ...Read more

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How do I know the difference between ear ache and toothache at the back of my jaw?

How do I know the difference between ear ache and toothache at the back of my jaw?

Need a dentist: You will need a visit to the dentist so it can be determined with x-rays and clinical exam where the pain is coming from and the best treatment possible. ...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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I don't know what's wrong with me? I've been getting on and off headaches every day several times a day. I've also been having jaw pain and toothaches often. The jaw pain is on both sides of my jaw. I've been feeling a strong pulse not only in my head bu

First,: First, you should go to health services and have them check your blood pressure since your pulses seem unusually strong to you. The other thing you should do is to make an appointment with your dentist. You may be grinding your teeth at night and experiencing temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction. The TMJ is the joint between the mandible (jawbone) and the temporal bone just in front of the ear. The pain would radiate from inflamed tmj's to the temples and the jaws. Your dentist may recommend a bite block to wear at night.
You are smart to limit salt and to try to lose weight.
Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Can my severe headache be related to the toothache and jaw pain in the right side?

Yes.: A toothache can cause you to shift your lower jaw to avoid closing on the tender tooth. This shift can cause the muscles that move the jaw to hold you in an abnormal position and the muscles will spasm and this can result in a headache. See a dentist to find out what needs to be done to fix the tooth that hurts and this will all probably clear up! ...Read more

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I have a horrible toothache which is causing migraines earache jaw pain and swelling of my face. Can I die from this?

I have a horrible toothache which is causing migraines earache jaw pain and swelling of my face. Can I die from this?

Yes, but: Yes, infection can spread to brain or cause death from airway obstruction. Rare. See DDS ASAP to treat the problem. ...Read more

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I am in agony from toothache/jaw pain. Is there anything I can take?

OTC Pain meds: The otc meds will only hold you until you can get to see a dentist for care. This will not resolve on it's own and needs professional attention asap.

All the best.. ...Read more

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I have jaw pain and toothache can it be an abcess?

I have jaw pain and toothache can it be an abcess?

Possibly: An abscess is an infection, and that would be diagnosed by a dentist. A toothache alone does not indicate and infection. Cracked teeth, cavities, and bruxism can all caused toothaches, without an infection. Please see a local dentist. ...Read more

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Jaw pain pain infront of ear pain im ear sharp pain running up the side of my head and toothache neck pain Tmj? Or somethng serious?

Jaw pain pain infront of ear pain im ear sharp pain running up the side of my head and toothache neck pain Tmj? Or somethng serious?

TMJ: Likely TMJ, which can be serious. Something more serious? You need an exam to know for sure. See a board certified oral surgeon for diagnosis. He can treat you, or refer you. ...Read more

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Having severe toothache throughout whole mouth. Jaw pain, headache, brain fog, and fatigue. Is all of this normal with major pain?

Yes: This is your body crying for help. Seek dental care right away to rule out a severe dental infection or jaw trauma. If not possible, go to the er. ...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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Extreme mouth pain, tooth pain, jaw pain and swallowing. What are these symptoms of?

Extreme mouth pain, tooth pain, jaw pain and swallowing. What are these symptoms of?

SERIOUS PROBLEM: It could be many things. See your dentist as soon as possible for a diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Jaw pain on left side, wisdom tooth has been grown in for years. Loose flap of skin/gum near the tooth, pain up and down jaw bone?

Jaw pain on left side, wisdom tooth has been grown in for years. Loose flap of skin/gum near the tooth, pain up and down jaw bone?

Jaw pain: I'm not sure what your question is. Since you are in pain, especially with an ongoing problem that has not gone away for years, the logical and smart approach would be to see a dentist to evaluate the need to remove your problematic wisdom tooth and make sure you have no other dental problems that require treatment. ...Read more

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I have jaw pain, occasional tooth pain, headaches, neck pain and sometimes pain in my ear - all on the right side of my head. Feel generally unwell.

I have jaw pain, occasional tooth pain, headaches, neck pain and sometimes pain in my ear - all on the right side of my head. Feel generally unwell.

TMD +?: See your dentist to determine if this is TMD\TMJoint Dysfunction related (plus other dental problems) and also see your physician to check out your general medical health. When were you last dental and medical check-ups? The way to better health and relief will be through personal one on one evaluations and not internet searches for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Tender lump at gum line on top right. Jaw pain and earache. Some pain in neck. No real tooth pain.

Tender lump at gum line on top right. Jaw pain and earache. Some pain in neck. No real tooth pain.

See your dentist: Some conditions like lumps and jaw pain may require further assessment and your dentist may schedule a follow-up appointment or refer you to a specialist to determine a diagnosis. See your dentist for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have problems with my wisdom teeth, the dentist cut off the gum above one tooth but I still have tooth pain pressure in my mouth, jaw pain and click.

I have problems with my wisdom teeth, the dentist cut off the gum above one tooth but I still have tooth pain pressure in my mouth, jaw pain and click.

Wisdom teeth: When wisdom teeth cause problems or earache they need to come out. If you are experiencing pain, swollen gums, lymph nodes and it does not go away or if you find it difficult to open your mouth, you should see a dentist for evaluation, x-ray and wisdom teeth removal. ...Read more

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I had mild toothache yesterday and over night the jaw line has become inflamed and sore?

I had mild toothache yesterday and over night the jaw line has become inflamed and sore?

Infection: You need to see a dentist or a doctor today because this is probably an infection and you need to be on an antibiotic and possibly a tooth pulled. Though the antibiotic needs to come first. Ring your GP/dentist or go to the Urgent Care if you have one near you. ...Read more

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Can toothache cause extreme aching pain in head, temple and jaw lasting for about 5 min then going just leaving tender teeth? I do clench as well.

Can toothache cause extreme aching pain in head, temple and jaw lasting for about 5 min then going just leaving tender teeth? I do clench as well.

Yes, it can: Please see a dentist to have that tooth examined and treated. Very soon, the pain will become continuous, and eventually unbearable. And while you are at the office, have the dentist check you for bruxism and see if a night guard might benefit you. ...Read more

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I have a toothache in my lower jaw, tonsil is swollen and sore on the same side can't see inflammation around the tooth, pain in root. What could it be?

I have a toothache in my lower jaw, tonsil is swollen and sore on the same side can't see inflammation around the tooth, pain in root. What could it be?

Exam: Most likely you have an infection on the tooth. See your dentist as soon as possible so they can make the right diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and my jaw hurts and my head hurts. I also had a bad toothache a week ago. Do I need a dentist or doctor?

I have a sore throat and my jaw hurts and my head hurts. I also had a bad toothache a week ago. Do I need a dentist or doctor?

Perhaps both?: There is no way to know for sure without actually examining you. My guess is that you have both a dental and a medical problem, although it is possible that the two are related. If you still have a toothache start with a dentist, otherwise start with a physician but also see a dentist as soon as possible as the cause of the toothache will probably resurface as pain soon! ...Read more

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Lower jaw ache pain. What could be the problem?

Lower jaw ache pain. What could be the problem?

Several things: These are symptoms that could be potentially serious. Yous should discuss these with your physician. He/she will thoroughly evaluate you and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have aching jaw pain after a filling?

Jaw pain and filling: Some patients are predisposed to jaw pain after dental appointments. This discomfort is likely from holding the mouth open for a prolonged period of time. The pain may come from the jaw joint (TMJ) or from the jaw muscles you may ask your dentist to periodically allow you to rest your jaw by closing during the course of the dental treatment. ...Read more

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Need help. I've got a horrible head ache and jaw pain?

Need help. I've got a horrible head ache and jaw pain?

TMJ: Contingent on other information, may be a TMJ disorder. Start with an oral surgeon examination. Diagnosis can be establish and treatment commenced or referral given. ...Read more

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Please help I have jaw pain, neck pains, and head aches?

Please help I have jaw pain, neck pains, and head aches?

TMJ: Sounds like a TMJ (jaw joint) problem. See a TMJ expert for evaluation/treatment. 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. ...Read more

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Please help I have jaw pain and aches at the back of my ears?

Please help I have jaw pain and aches at the back of my ears?

Jaw/ear pain: These are common symptoms of tmj/tmd.
Tmj pain usually results from bruxism (chronic grinding and/or clenching the teeth), or a bad bite. Headaches, sinus pain and ear pain are also common.
See your dentist to evaluate and treat for tmd, and an ENT specialist or your medical doctor to evaluate any ear infections. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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


Dr. Louis Gallia
1,064 Doctors shared insights

Toothache (Definition)

Dental pain is a symptom where one has pain in his teeth or gums, sometimes with sensitivity to cold or hot ...Read more