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What do you do if you have lots of ears and jaw pain after a tonsillectomy?

What do you do if you have lots of ears and jaw pain after a tonsillectomy?

Tmj: Pain around th ear and the jaw following tonsillectomy is probably a result of keeping the mouth wide open for a long time during the surgery which puts lots of strain on the temptomsndibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles that are involved with this joint. Talk to your dentist there are exercises that you can do to ease the pain there are also muscle relaxing and pain med. You can take. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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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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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How long before a night guard for bruxism can reduce jaw pain? My dentist had a night guard made for me to stop my bruxism and jaw pain a week ago, but i still have jaw pain when I wake up in the morning. How long does it take for the pain to go away? .

How long before a night guard for bruxism can reduce jaw pain? My dentist had a night guard made for me to stop my bruxism and jaw pain a week ago, but i still have jaw pain when I wake up in the morning. How long does it take for the pain to go away?


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Should be better: My patients typically see improvements within 24 hours. If they don't I start thinking about changing the appliance, is my patient really bruxing, and other alternatives. I am assuming you have the correct design because only 2 out of over 100 designs reduce clenching and the others have no effect or increase bruxing. ...Read more

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Bite/jaw pain 4 weeks after dental onlays, should I be concerned?

Bite/jaw pain 4 weeks after dental onlays, should I be concerned?

Onlay is too high: See your dentist ASAP to adjust the height of the onlay. Good luck! ...Read more

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My husband had a filling done about 3 weeks ago and since has been suffering jaw pain. Is there any explanation for this?

My husband had a filling done about 3 weeks ago and since has been suffering jaw pain. Is there any explanation for this?

Jaw joint?: Sometimes the jaw joint can become injured during dental procedures. By having the mouth open very widely the muscles around the jaw can be stretched and tear leading to pain and discomfort. He should use anti-inflammatory medicines, ice 20 minutes 3 to 4 times a day on the area that hurts and a strictly soft diet. He also needs to contact his dentist for an exam. ...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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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 jaw pain in a few spots on my lower jaw that that came back after being healed for 2 weeks. All I did was eat a little of crunchy cereal.

Be patient: Pain in your jaw can be painful and you may experience swelling and sensitivity, which can make eating problematic. Soft diet, moist heat and muscle stretching is all you need for a fast healing. ...Read more

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I have had jaw pain now for 6 weeks and it doesn't seem to be healing. I suspected it might be dislocated, but all the doctors I've seen say it's not. If that's the case, why is it taking so long?

Jaw Pain: Hard to say without more information. Have you been checked by your dentist for TMJ and abcessed teeth? Please do this and let us know what the result is. ...Read more

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I have woken with severe right sided jaw pain. Had the same 2 weeks ago. Can't tell whether it is upper or lower.

I have woken with severe right sided jaw pain. Had the same 2 weeks ago. Can't tell whether it is upper or lower.

Question ?: If you are asking what might be the cause, there are a number of possibilities, including sinus issues, TMJ, periodontal disease, bruxism, and a tooth issue. Without being able to examine you, it is hard to tell so your best bet is to start with a local dentist to rule out any of the above issues. ...Read more

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Two weeks after a difficult molar extraction i still have a constant jaw pain. Is not a crucial pain but enough to feel it all day! Is it normal?

Two weeks after a difficult molar extraction i still have a constant jaw pain. Is not a crucial pain but enough to feel it all day! Is it normal?

Difficult molar extr: I would suggest going back to your dentist and having him take an x-ray to evaluate. There can be a root tip remaining or bone fragment. Or its just taking more time to heal. Do you smoke? That can hinder healing and make it worse. ...Read more

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Difficult opening mouth and severe jaw pain 2 weeks after root canal. What can be causing this?

Difficult opening mouth and severe jaw pain 2 weeks after root canal. What can be causing this?

TMJ problem...: Your symptoms point to TMJ problem. You may have the problem prior to the appt. But it has not surfaced yet and during the root canal treatment you must open your mouth wide for a long time. This can trigger the symptoms. You can use hot and cold moist facial towels intermittenly applied at the joint area. Longer (around 30 sec.) with the heat vs. 10 sec. Cold. Contact your dentist. ...Read more

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22y male, left neck and left shoulder stiffness; left jaw pain. It's been weeks close to 2 months. Have not exercised for a more than 2 months. Dx?

22y male, left neck and left shoulder stiffness; left jaw pain. It's been weeks close to 2 months. Have not exercised for a more than 2 months. Dx?

Depends: The problem could be in the neck, the structures between the neck and shoulder or the shoulder itself. If the discomfort is worse turning your head to the right, it suggests muscle type problem in the neck rather than a pinched nerve coming out of the neck. If shoulder motion is very uncomfortable or limited it suggests problems(? Bursitis) there. The jaw discomfort may be unrelated. See your md. ...Read more

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I have no insurance and 1 week on Penicillin. Jaw pain, swelling, and pain are still here. What is going on. I can't afford a dentist. Help (abscess)?

I have no insurance and 1 week on Penicillin. Jaw pain, swelling, and pain are still here. What is going on. I can't afford a dentist. Help (abscess)?

Infection: You have a major infection that is not responding to the medication you are taking. You will need to see a dentist to solve your problem. Financing or borrowing from a friend or family member may be necessary. Hospital residency programs may be able to see you at a reduced fee. ...Read more

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Please help I have jaw pain 1.5 weeks after wisdom teeth removal?

Call the dentist.: Call the dentist who extracted the teeth and have him/her reevaluate. There are several possible causes for a post-extraction pain. ...Read more

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Jaw pain on the left side for a week, massenter muscle feels tender with light massage. When yawning, right side pops, left side feels sore.

Jaw pain on the left side for a week, massenter muscle feels tender with light massage. When yawning, right side pops, left side feels sore.

TMJ strain maybe: Your jaw joins to your skull by a joint called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) Muscles move your jaw. Just like any other joint you can sprain or strain it. A sudden big yawn, a big bite, can all injure that connection. Long term problems can be done to the teeth not meeting properly or grinding teeth during sleep. Try heat, rest, no hard chewy foods for now. See doc if worse or no better soon ...Read more

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I have been having jaw pain for 2 weeks. I've already been seen several times but it got worse when a dislocation occurred. How can I get urgent treatment. Went to ER and they refused to do anything.

I have been having jaw pain for 2 weeks. I've already been seen several times but it got worse when a dislocation occurred. How can I get urgent treatment.  Went to ER and they refused to do anything.

Proper Care: I would recommend that you start with your primary care doctor to help narrow down the cause(s) of the pain. Another option would be an ENT. The ER docs are looking to screen for conditions that need immediate workup and treatment. An urgent care facility will function largely the same way. Your PCP should point you in the right direction in order to get to the root cause of your pain. Good luck ...Read more

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Why do I still have major jaw pain 3 weeks after wisdom teeth removal?

Why do I still have major jaw pain 3 weeks after wisdom teeth removal?

Infection: I would contact your dentist immediately. You probably have an infection and needs treatment as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Usual age for wisdom teeth removal? I've had bad jaw pain for about three weeks, and I'm not sure if it is my wisdom teeth.

Usual age for wisdom teeth removal? I've had bad jaw pain for about three weeks, and I'm not sure if it is my wisdom teeth.

Why Guess?: It might be your wisdom teeth, then again, it may not. See a local dentist who can examine your mouth and recommend the proper treatment. ...Read more

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Extremely painful headache once a week that is more painful on the right side of face especially behind eye. I wear contacts and have jaw pain

Lots of info: But not enough to ferret this out. Glaucoma does not cause jaw pain. TMJ usually occurs more frequently than once a week and does not cause retro-orbital pain. Not due to cerebral aneurysm (too many headaches-you can have up to two from this cause (expansion / rupture). Need more information, and a good exam. Find yourself a top-notch neurologist and have this problem addressed properly. ...Read more

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I have been having shoulder, neck tongue and extreme jaw pain since having dental procedures 3 weeks ago. The pain is getting much worse. Help?

Not normal: I am not sure what you had done, but your pain is not normal. You should not be in pain for this long after dental treatment. Please go back to your dentist and let them know what your experience is and get this fixed. ...Read more

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I'm having my wisdom teeth removed in a few weeks but I've been having intense, shooting jaw pain on the right side. What should I do for pain.?

I'm having my wisdom teeth removed in a few weeks but I've been having intense, shooting jaw pain on the right side. What should I do for pain.?

Call your dentist: For future instructions. If the dentist can't be reached and it is a true emergency, go to the nearest emergency room or take Tylenol/Advil for pain control. ...Read more

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Jaw pain for 9 weeks my mom is a dentist and said that I am having TMJ pain due to stress but she has never even looked at my jaw. I'm 17 please help?

Jaw pain for 9 weeks my mom is a dentist and said that I am having TMJ pain due to stress but she has never even looked at my jaw. I'm 17 please help?

See pediatrician: Tell your mother that you would like to see a pediatrician. You can also feel free to tell her that you are uncomfortable with her making medical decisions for you in spite of her being a dentist. I agree with you that you should be examined appropriately and a diagnosis rendered appropriately. ...Read more

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Swollen submandibular for 2 weeks. Diagnosed with TMD (limited opening, jaw pain) and GERD (had scope). Is swelling related, or sign of larger issue?

Swollen submandibular for 2 weeks. Diagnosed with TMD (limited opening, jaw pain) and GERD (had scope). Is swelling related, or sign of larger issue?

Infection/ inflamef: Most of the time swelling of submandibular glands is related to an infection in the head/ neck area in the side of the head of the swollen gland. From a tooth, gum infection, throat or upper respiratory condition, oral cancer, trauma, ear infection, sinusitis or many other conditions can result in swollen glands. Have a comprehensive oral exam. ...Read more

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Been getting headaches over 7 weeks and having neck and jaw pain. Been getting worse in the last week now feeling tingling/ fussy sensation in my face, head and tips of fingers. Doc said nothing wrong?

Been getting headaches over 7 weeks and having neck and jaw pain. Been getting worse in the last week now feeling tingling/ fussy sensation in my face, head and tips of fingers. Doc said nothing wrong?

Simple or Exotic: What you are experiencing may be as simple as severe neuromuscular stress and the secondary and tertiary symptoms as a result of the acute-on-chronic nature of the primary dysfunction/cause. A/some therapeutic massage(s) may be very beneficial.

On the other hand, there could be something more exotic going on, from circulatory issues to neurological issues to anything in-between. Please see PCP. ...Read more

Dr. Dale Tylor
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Removal Of Tonsils (Definition)

A tonsillectomy is the surgical ...Read more