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My jaw hurts when I chew and its tightening/ why is that?

My jaw hurts when I chew and its tightening/ why is that?

Tmj: LIkely TMJ dysfunction. Can be a complicated problem. 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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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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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 got hit in the ear with a soccer ball today, but I can hear just fine. The area below my jaw hurts when I chew or open wide. Should I be concerned?

I got hit in the ear with a soccer ball today, but I can hear just fine. The area below my jaw hurts when I chew or open wide. Should I be concerned?

Not yet: It may take some time to return to normal as the swelling goes down. Take an NSAID such as Ibuprofen (motrin) to alleviate the discomfort and apply warm compresses. If the pain continues longer than a week consider seeing a doctor. ...Read more

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The right side of my jaw hurts and when I chew I hear a click sound?

The right side of my jaw hurts and when I chew I hear a click sound?

See below: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Wheni chew my jaw hurts?

Wheni chew my jaw hurts?

See DDS: The problem could be dental or TMD. See a dentist for diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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My jaw pain on the right is getting worse it clicks a lot and hurts when opening also hurts when chewing had it awhile but getter worse what can I do?

My jaw pain on the right is getting worse it clicks a lot and hurts when opening also hurts when chewing had it awhile but getter worse what can I do?

TMJ: Depends on symptoms, and cause of symptoms. 3 signs of TMJ dysfunction: joint noises, joint pain & limited oral opening. Self treat with soft diet, jaw exercises, massage, heat/cold, OTC pain meds. A splint or physical therapy would be next. Occasionally muscle relaxants, biofeedback. Xrays are done for diagnosis. Surgery usually reserved for serious symptoms not responsive to other treatments. ...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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My jaw hurts from chewing gum. What can I do?

My jaw hurts from chewing gum. What can I do?

TMJ dysfunction: Can be caused by habitual gum chewing. Chewing gum is a popular activity, but not recommended by the dentist. ...Read more

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Month after wisdomteethsurgery, still having pain&stiffness of jaw, hurts to chew. Also numbness still present. Could I have an infection without knowing?

Month after wisdomteethsurgery, still having pain&stiffness of jaw, hurts to chew. Also numbness still present. Could I have an infection without knowing?

Needs follow up: Please call your surgeon immediately for a follow up appointment. The anesthetic should have worn off the day of the surgery. This needs to be evaluated for post operative care. Don't delay... ...Read more

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My jaw hurts badly...close to my ears! I cant chew well and couldn't sleep last night because of the pains. What could be the cause?

My jaw hurts badly...close to my ears! I cant chew well and couldn't sleep last night because of the pains. What could be the cause?

TMD\TMJ possibly: Although there could be other causes or more cause than one, what you describe sounds like Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction and the pain is emanating from your jaw joint (s). This will need to be evaluated by a local dentist. ...Read more

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My jaw hurts when I open my mouth and chew. ...And I also take medcine for my pittuty gland cause it's has tumor, so is it because of my eillnes?

My jaw hurts when I open my mouth and chew. ...And I also take medcine for my pittuty gland cause it's has tumor, so is it because of my eillnes?

TMD: Temporo-mandibular disorder or tmd is a problem that is very common and can be due to true arthritis of the jaw joint (TMJ) or an altered bite or masticatory muscle spasm. I doubt that it is in any way related to your pituitary gland. See your dentist first for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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My left jaw hurts when chewing food. It's not from my wisdom teeth so what is wrong?

My left jaw hurts when chewing food. It's not from my wisdom teeth so what is wrong?

TMD: Headaches from moving your jaw are suggestive of muscle or joint pain involving your tmj. Go to a tmd (temporo mandibular dysfunction) aware dentist for an evaluation and discussion of treatment or referral options. If you would say you have significant pain radiating to the left jaw independently, it could be a cardiac issue requiring immediate treatment so if that's the case, get to the er asap. ...Read more

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Why did I wake up with jaw pain? Sore on the sides by the hinges, hurts to press on the areas and when I chew or open my mouth wide

Why did I wake up with jaw pain? Sore on the sides by the hinges, hurts to press on the areas and when I chew or open my mouth wide

Possible joint: It sounds like you may have a possible TMJ problem. The best way is to check with your dentist. Sometimes you grind at night (may be a sleep disturbance), but pain indicates something is wrong. If there is clicking or noise in the joints you may have a joint dysfunction and pain on palpation may indicate a ligament problem, but check with your dentist for help or a referral. ...Read more

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Headache, ear ache and jaw hurts when chewing or opening wide?

Likely TMJ: Most likely due to TMJ dysfunction or a dental condition. Tmj, temporomandibular joint, is the jaw joint which can become inflamed, irritated, dislocated and cause these symptoms. Common reasons are trauma, chewing on a hard substance, bruxism, etc. Etc. ...Read more

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The upper right side of my jaw hurts where the bones meet by your ear. The pain has been causing migraines. The bone hurts if I am chewing?

The upper right side of my jaw hurts where the bones meet by your ear. The pain has been causing migraines. The bone hurts if I am chewing?

TMJ?!?: These symptoms sound like TMJ disorder. Search healthtap for TMJ and you will get a good idea (it's a frequently asked question). ...Read more

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Why is it that my jaw hurts when I open it wide?

Why is it that my jaw hurts when I open it wide?

TMJ: Possibly a TMJ (jaw joint) problem. See an oral surgeon. He may treat you or send your to 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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Why my left jaw hurts when I am opening wide to eat?

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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Help please my jaw pain hurts so bad. What can I take?

Pain: You will have to see your dentist to determine if the cause is tooth related or joint related. We cannot help with suggestions without more information. ...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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What to do for jaw pain. Not griding. Just chew on one side?

What to do for jaw pain. Not griding. Just chew on one side?

Easy things first: If patients experience jaw pain, they can try taking anti-inflammatory medications, warm compresses to the area and also avoid any hard foods. If the pain persists they should be seen by a dentist, oral surgeon, or ent. The most common problem is from TMJ (an inflammation of the jaw joint), but jaw pain can be caused by much more serious problems. So it must be checked by someone if it persists. ...Read more

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My jaw hurts often... How can I cure it? What medicine I have to take?

Depends: It depends why your jaw hurts. It it from bruxism, from a broken tooth, from an infection, or from a cavity? Each requires different treatment, not just medicine. That's why you need to call a local dentist for an appointment. ...Read more

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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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My jaw hurts when I bite down on it, but everything else is fine. What could be wrong?

My jaw hurts when I bite down on it, but everything else is fine. What could be wrong?

Call dentist: You might have some inflammation in your muscles that open/close your jaw. You could also have a bruised periodontal ligament. See your dentist for complete evaluation of your jaw and muscles. ...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?

Tooth grinding: See your dentist or primary doctor- you may be grinding your teeth at night. The grinding motion may cause jaw muscle soreness, or irritate the jaw joint itself. There are other more rare causes of jaw and facial pain, and your doctor can evaluate you for these conditions. ...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