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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.

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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.

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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?

TMJ: Trauma to TMJ area might cause fracture in the condyle area or hemarthrosis (bleeding in the joint). The hematoma should go away after two weeks. Meanwhile you should be seen by an specialist and a panoramic radiograph should be taken.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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