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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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Is it common to get headache with tmj on the opposite side of head? My rt jaw hurts but headache on left side

Is it common to get headache with tmj on the opposite side of head? My rt jaw hurts but headache on left side

Not related: Any headache must be viewed as a valid medical disorder and the headache assessment must be comprehensive. See your PCP for headache evaluation, tests, imaging and treatment options. See your dentist for TMJ syndrome. ...Read more

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Hello! My jaw has been hurting on the left side, all day yesterday and all of today. It seems to hurt the most when I turn my head to the right.?

Hello! My jaw has been hurting on the left side, all day yesterday and all of today. It seems to hurt the most when I turn my head to the right.?

Muscle strain.: Hard to say on-line but you may have strained your sternocleidomastoid muscle. The muscle turns your head. The one on the left turns your head to the right. There are a few other muscles in there that could be involved as well. If the pain is present at rest as well I would be more concerned about swelling in your submandibular glands, lymph nodes or even with your temperomandibular joint. ...Read more

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Left side of jaw hurts and I don't know why. What are some probable causes?

Left side of jaw hurts and I don't know why. What are some probable causes?

Get checked: Jaw pain can have numerous causes, from a bad tooth to injury to cancer to clenching/grinding to heart attack, and numerous others. Since the most likely causes are dental, go see a dentist and get examined. He/she can guide you from that point on how to proceed. ...Read more

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Every evening this week the left side of my jaw hurts but it is fine during the day?

Every evening this week the left side of my jaw hurts but it is fine during the day?

Jaw pain: What starts the pain? Does chewing food ale it worse? Any swelling? See a dentist about this to find out what is causing your pain. This may be a TMJ problem and can be treated once you know the cause. ...Read more

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When I wake up in the morning, the left side of my jaw hurts. What could be causing this?

When I wake up in the morning, the left side of my jaw hurts. What could be causing this?

See DDS first: First see your dentist to rule out any dental etiology. If the results are negative, you may be referred to your MD for further evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've had a TMJ disorder for several years and I've lately been experiencing pain & grinding noises on the left side of my jaw. Hurts to chew. Help!

I've had a TMJ disorder for several years and I've lately been experiencing pain & grinding noises on the left side of my jaw. Hurts to chew. Help!

See OFP specialist: TMJ disorder is a complex medical condition, therefore, it's a good idea to see an Orofacial Pain specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment. They are experts in TMJ disorder. ...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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My left jaw hurts it kept clicking I get so tenpted to move my jaw slighty to the side and now it hurts for no reason I no longer click it?

My left jaw hurts it kept clicking I get so tenpted to move my jaw slighty to the side and now it hurts for no reason I no longer click it?

TMD Evaluation: See a dentist who has training and experience in tmd (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) for a thorough evaluation regarding your occlusion, jaw position, and TMJ joints. If something is out of alignment, it would be better to correct it earlier rather than later to prevent more serious problems down the road. ...Read more

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I am having left side jaw pain and it a constant pain and then sharp pain becoming more frequently. Really hurts when I more my tongue.?

I am having left side jaw pain and it a constant pain and then sharp pain becoming more frequently. Really hurts when I more my tongue.?

Muscle/joint pain: The temporomandibular joint is the jaw hinge joint. You might have traumatized it by chewing too much gum, grinding your teeth in your sleep, or clenching during the daytime. I suggest warm moist heat, anti- inflammatories like ibuprofen, soft diet, and give symptoms a few days to resolve. If no improvement, see doctor. ...Read more

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My left side of the jaw hurts and it's hurting my ear too. Just recently started hurting. Hurts when I clench my jaw. What could it be?

My left side of the jaw hurts and it's hurting my ear too. Just recently started hurting. Hurts when I clench my jaw. What could it be?

What came first: Temporal Mandibular Joint problems can result in jaw pain radiating to the ear. Can be a result of clenching or grinding the teeth while sleeping. A tooth abscess can also cause similar problems. Parotid gland inflammation, local lymph node enlargement suggests an infectious source. If the ear pain started first swimmers ear or an ear infection needs to be considered. An exam by your doctor is due ...Read more

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The left side of my jaw hurts at the back. Is it anything serious? Could it possibly be due to my wisdom teeth?

The left side of my jaw hurts at the back. Is it anything serious? Could it possibly be due to my wisdom teeth?

See a dentist: Without a thorough exam, x-rays, and an exam, there is no way to say what your problem may be. Could be a wisdom tooth, could be tmj/tmd, could be a muscle/nerve ailments, could be an infection. See a dentist asap. ...Read more

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The left side of my neck up by my jaw hurts anytime I swallow it happened all of the sudden could I have pulled a muscle?

The left side of my neck up by my jaw hurts anytime I swallow it happened all of the sudden could I have pulled a muscle?

Yes: Or tmj[temporomandibular disease] flair of tension on tendon tha connects jaw near ear. If not better after over the counter aspirin or alive or motrin, cool comprises, see a dentist or doctor. ...Read more

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The left side of my jaw is in pain. The left side of my jaw hurts kind of where the joint is. It came on out of no where. I do clench my jaw at night, but I have a mouthgaurd that I wear every night. I have been using a mouth gaurd for almost a year now.

The left side of my jaw is in pain. The left side of my jaw hurts kind of where the joint is. It came on out of no where. I do clench my jaw at night, but I have a mouthgaurd that I wear every night. I have been using a mouth gaurd for almost a year now.

TMJ expert: You have had treatment for TMJ and no relief. See a TMJ 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. ...Read more

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Got hit in jaw. Pain in left side of lower jaw and ear. Hurts to eat on that side. Can't close it all the way. Have movement but with pain. Help?

Got hit in jaw. Pain in left side of lower jaw and ear. Hurts to eat on that side. Can't close it all the way. Have movement but with pain. Help?

See Dentist ASAP: It sounds like a possible jaw fracture or a bleed into the TMJ jaw joint. You need an accurate diagnosis from a dentist. They can remmend treatment or proper referral for follow up. ...Read more

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Hi ive got a swollen left tonsil that's giving me no pain but it my jaw has started to hurt on the left side and ive started to get an itchy scalp and?

Hi ive got a swollen left tonsil that's giving me no pain but it my jaw has started to hurt on the left side and ive started to get an itchy scalp and?

Separate things: Swollen tonsil with no pain or obstruction requires no therapy as it will eventually shrink on its own. Itchy scalp is not related. Painful jaw may or may not be related to tonsil. A Dr will help you. ...Read more

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I am pregnant with 24 week n hv ear pain in my left ear I am not able to open my jaw wide as it hurt left side. .

I am pregnant with 24 week n hv ear pain in my left ear I am not able to open my jaw wide as it hurt left side. .

See your OB MD: You obviously have a serious ear infection that is affecting your temporal mandibular joint and preventing you from opening your jaw. See your OB MD ASAP who can then get you to a ENT MD if needed. ...Read more

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I got teeth taken out almost a month ago on me left side the bottom wisdom tooth they had to kind break some bone to get out now my whole jaw hurts?

I got teeth taken out almost a month ago on me left side the bottom wisdom tooth they had to kind break some bone to get out now my whole jaw hurts?

See the dentist: Do you smoke? If so, this can delay healing causing pain. Do you have any health issues?
The jaw pain could be from bone fragments working themselves out, food impacted into the extraction sites or sharp exposed jaw bone. See the dentist that removed the teeth. ...Read more

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22 year old 190 lbs 6 ft tall haveing chest pain in left side, jaw hurts mild, minor sweating can I be having a heart attack?

22 year old 190 lbs 6 ft tall haveing chest pain in left side, jaw hurts mild, minor sweating can I be having a heart attack?

Chest pain: Go to the ER if this is an acute symptom. It is rare for young people to have a heart attack, unless they have a congenital condition, significant risk factors, or have used cocaine which is the #1 cause of heart attacks and sudden death in young adults. For your peace of mind, get an evaluation and electrocardiogram. ...Read more

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Ear pain and pain under jaw pain even in back neck all left side. Dr said no ear infection just red. But I can't even sleep it hurts so bad?

Ear pain and pain under jaw pain even in back neck all left side. Dr said no ear infection just red. But I can't even sleep it hurts so bad?

Red?: What does he/she mean "red"? No diagnosis? Might be a TMJ disorder. I'd have an oral surgeon look at you. If TMJ, see a TMJ 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. ...Read more

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On the left bottom side of my mouth behind my back molar is a yellow hole. It's swollen and hard. My whole jaw hurts. Is it a sore or wisdom tooth?

On the left bottom side of my mouth behind my back molar is a yellow hole. It's swollen and hard. My whole jaw hurts. Is it a sore or wisdom tooth?

Wisdom Tooth: Need a definitive xray of area to diagnosis wisdom tooth problem. A careful oral examination would provide accurate diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Symptoms: headaches, neck, shoulder and upper back pain, chest tightness on left side, sometimes hurts to sit up, jaw pain, short of breath...Why?

Symptoms: headaches, neck, shoulder and upper back pain, chest tightness on left side, sometimes hurts to sit up, jaw pain, short of breath...Why?

MFP: Myofascial pain syndrome. In addition to local tenderness, referred pain. Mfp is characterized by other associated symptoms:
increased muscle fatigue and stiffness, a mildly restricted motion, pain when the muscle is stretched, and a subjective feeling of weakness in the muscle. Headache, vertigo, visual disturbances and jaw pain may also be present.
See pain management specialist for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why my left jaw hurts when I am opening wide to eat?

TMJ pain: When you open wide the lateral pterygoid muscle and the retrodiscal tissue help keep the tm disk centered over the mandibular condyle. If the balance between the disk and ligament (tissue behind the disk) are out of sync then your condyle is pressing on muscle or ligament--causing pain. You need to see a dentist to determine exactly what is happening. ...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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Sudden severe jaw pain where both sides hurt! Please help?

See OFP specialist: Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain expert for a consultation, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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The side of my jaw hurts when I chew. Just change to soft food?

The side of my jaw hurts when I chew. Just change to soft food?

TMJ problem?: If the pain is in front of your ear, you may have a problem with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) see http://www. Webmd. Com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders. Other possibilities: tooth decay, ear infection, viral infection of nerve. See your doc/dentist for evaluation & treatment. ...Read more

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I woke up at 1:00 this morning and the whole right side of my jaw hurts. What could be happening?

I woke up at 1:00 this morning and the whole right side of my jaw hurts. What could be happening?

Jaw hurts: It could be from bruxism, or a whole host of dental problems. See your own dentist to find out what it actually is and how best to prevent or treat. Feel better. ...Read more

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The right side of my jaw hurts when I open it all the way, usually when I open it all the way it pops but it never hurt before what could it be?

TMJ Dysfunction: When your jaw joints are misaligned or not working properly, the resulting popping and locking and discomfort can extend far past your jaw pain. See a dentist or TMJ specialist for examination, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Hi, I have jaw pain all the way up the left side of my face and it has spread to the lower side of my right, what could this be?

Hi, I have jaw pain all the way up the left side of my face and it has spread to the lower side of my right, what could this be?

Get checked: I would check all of your teeth, your gums, and both of your TM joints. The biomarker l-homocysteine would indicate the presence of unresolved infection, which is the most likely cause of such symptoms ...Read more

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Suddenly had jaw pain low left side that comes and goes. I'm 22. Been suffering from a lot of anxiety recently, don't think I've been tensing face.

See Your Dentist: At the age of 22 with enlarged lymph nodes, one possibility could be a dental problem. A clinical evaluation with diagnostic x-rays by your dentist can help determine if your jaw pain is related to your teeth. ...Read more

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I have this sudden right jaw pain, that feels like the right side is on fire and the pain travels to the left side and down into my neck. What is it?

I have this sudden right jaw pain, that feels like the right side is on fire and the pain travels to the left side and down into my neck. What is it?

Sudden jaw pain: Pain from specific conditions such as infections, large cavities, exposed nerves, gum infections does not generally travel from one side to another. Therefore I'm guessing you either have multiple dental problems or perhaps jaw joint pain. It may be a medical issue. All this will have to be determined once you see a dentist in person for a clinical exam and x-rays. Make that appointment today. ...Read more

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My left jaw hurts and I can't close my mouth all the way. What is this?

Many things: It could be many things, from a dental infection/abscessed tooth, to an inflamed TMJ (the jaw joint), to an erupting wisdom tooth. The best advice I can give is to see your dentist promptly! ...Read more

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What does it mean if my left jaw hurts and feels like a lump?

What does it mean if my left jaw hurts and feels like a lump?

Many possibilities: There are a multitude of things that can cause this. The place to start is with your dentist. Get a proper diagnosis and go from there. ...Read more

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I am having major jaw pain top and bottom left side. What do I do? Currently taking Toradol.

I am having major jaw pain top and bottom left side. What do I do? Currently taking Toradol.

Pain: You see a Dentist. Any bleeding, swelling, or as in your case pain, should be immediately investigated. Something is very wrong. Pain may come and go, but cause will not magically disappear. Please see your Dentist ASAP for differential diagnosis from which appropriate treatment can be developed. ...Read more