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Open Mouth Wide
60 yr old male. Ringing began 1.5 yrs ago. Hearing above average. Also rings loud when I bite or open mouth wide. Improved by mouth opening exercises.
Please see below: This can be due to problems inside the ear or around and sometimes due to side effects of medication. I would recommend you to discuss those possible etiology with a doctor. ...Read more
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
Partial dislocation: You need to contact the facility where you had surgery and inform the anesthesia provider. During the course of general anesthesia and endotracheal intubation, you might have partially dislocated your jaw. If you are not able to get back to the facility, get an xray of your jaw. If it is partially dislocated, it can and should be reduced, similar to any joint dislocation. ...Read more
Unable to open mouth wide during recent crown replacement. Think is decayed again. Is there some way to get it relaxed?
TMD\TMJ: What you describe are some of the symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction commonly referred to as tmj. Take some otc pain medication such as advil, motrin, aleve (naproxen) or what you would normally take for a headache. Stay on soft diet, don't chew gum, apply warm moist heat to area ; give it a few days. See a dentist who can better examine you for causes ; treatment options. ...Read more
Stiffness in one side of jaw for a week now & slight pain when I yawn or open mouth wide, never happened before, cause for concern? What could it be?
Tmj dysfunction: Your jaw joint is called "temporal mandibular joint" and it can have problems. That could cause the symptoms that you describe. When you stretch the joint the muscles hurt. You can also have an infection in the salivary gland that sits over this joint. It is called the parotid gland. Dental work, grinding at night, or malocclusion can increase risk. ...Read more
I have right jaw pain at cheekbone hurts to bite down & open mouth wide hurts to touch no cavities, what's causing it?
TMJ: It sounds like muscular pain or referred pain from trigger points. This can be due to the way your teeth bite together. It could be from a whiiplash injury. It could be a sinus infection. There could be an abscessed tooth that is interfering with your bite. You need to get an exam to determine a cause. ...Read more
Itchy type pain in ear. Hurts when I use qtip to clean it. If I try to open mouth wide it causes an achy feeling for a few minutes.? How do I treat?
Unable to open mouth wide since orthodontia. Jaw muscle goes into spasm during long dental work. Need help asap?
Orthodontia: You need to call your orthodontist to evaluate reason. I can't diagnose the cause without an exam myself. A proper treatment can be determined once the cause is known. ...Read more
Have bad cold. Blow nose too hard. Clogged up ear cant dissapear even after chew candy, open mouth wide, etc. Feel a little bit pain now. Help!
It sounds like you have a sever head cold, Probably viral.
best thing to do is get some over the counter cold medication to help with your symptoms. If not improved in 24-48 hours, go to Urgent care.
The ear pain is probably coming from blocked Eustachian tubes in your ears. Decongestants will help that.
Take care. ...Read more
Endoscopy yesterday (have had one b4). EXTREME jaw pain to the touch today - cant eat/open mouth wide. Also red blotchy rash under jawline. Normal?
TMJ problems?: Was there any difficulty with the biteblock, or did you gag/retch a lot? And rash - possibility of allergy to the strap? I'd definitely let your endoscopist know. Might want them to use a pediatric biteblock should you ever need it again. You're already taking Advil (ibuprofen) so that should help. ...Read more
sound in both ears when open mouth wide and happens when chewing. Left ear sound like creaking, right ear sounds like knocking on door. Earwax? Fluid?
Congestion: Most likely fluid congestion behind you ear drum. Try an over the counter decongestant and see the Dr. If it persists. Best wishes. ...Read more
Pain behind last tooth upper right. Pain spreads to right ear and front neck. White spots in my mouth. Can open mouth wide. Swollen neck glands.
Infection?: See doctor or dentist (if tooth or gum related) for evaluation. ...Read more
I'm having pain in my jaw and can't open mouth wide. Like if I need to yawn or even eat. Who should I see dentist or specialist?
DENTIST 1st: I would see your general dentist 1st for a thorough evaluation, after a detailed history is taken maybe a cause can be found and if a specialist is necessary to treat your problem the general dentist can handle the referral for you. Most specialists prefer a referral from a general dentist. ...Read more
Left jaw hurting. Can't open mouth wide. Make weird grinding noise when I move it. Inner ear hurts and headache. Should I go to the hospital?
TMJ?: Could be pain due to TMJ problems. No need to go to hospital but should see a dentist or ENT specialist soon. ...Read more
I have an extremely swollen and painful tonsil on the R side. Very hard to swallow or even open mouth wide, throat is red on that side too.
Please call your Primary doctor, explain your problem, and anticipate that you will be almost immediately refereed to an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist!
All should go well! ...Read more
Is it normal to have pain/pressure in jaw and ear with an infected tooth. Also tenderness below jaw on neck and hard to open mouth wide? Thanks!
Absolutely: All of the symptoms you listed can be attributed to an infected tooth. Please see a dentist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
What can cause left side of my jaw to lock to where I can't open mouth completely wide. I have to shift jaw to right to "unlock" it w/ a hard, loud pop?
TMJ: It sounds like you might have tempero-mandibular joint syndrome (tmj), an inflammatory and degenerative condition affecting the joint between the lower jaw and cheek bone. You should get this checked out to see what treatments are available to you. There are some dos who use omm to treat tmj. Definitely worth checking out if one is in your area. ...Read more
Hello, why when I open mouth too wide it hurts right side, around the muscle? How to relax muscle so can I open wide again?
Dentist: You may have a problem with your bite putting strain on the joint or muscles around the joint. A dentist would be best to evaluate and treat you. ...Read more
My jaw has popped on occasion most of my life. Recently started c-pap and full mask. When I wake up my jaw hurts and is out of socket. I have to open mouth very wide and then it Pops back in. Feedback?
TMJ: It appears that your CPAP mask is aggravating an underlying TMJ problem. See a dentist trained in TMJ for an evaluation. This could be a prostodontist, oral surgeon or your general dentist if knowledgable in TMJ and sleep apnea. Changing your mask may help put your jaw in a healthier position during sleep. ...Read more
No: Lockjaw refers to a tetanus infection that effects the muscles and would prevent you from opening your mouth. Tetanus is very rare these days as most people are up to date with tetanus immunization. You need to be more specific as to what is wrong with your mouth not opening wide to try and determine what is wrong. ...Read more
Jaw pain??: Your question is incomplete, but you might be asking about jaw pain (?). If so, it is possible that you have a problem with your TMJ or jaw joint. It could be a muscular problem, or a joint issue. You might also be having a tooth problem. To sort these things out, start by seeing your dentist. He/she may be able to recognize your problem and offer some solutions or a referral if necessary. ...Read more
My jaw started hurting this morning and prgressed all day. Hurts to chew and open my mouth wide. Why?
Jaw pain: Sounds like a condition called TMJ syndrome, assuming the pain is in the jaw joint just in front of your ears. Rest your jaw for a couple of days, soft foods and liquids, over-the-counter pain medications. If ti doesn't improve or if you have other symptoms such as fever or swelling, see your doctor immediately. ...Read more
The left side of my face occasionally cracks. Sometimes I'm able to open my mouth wide without any problems.?
Cracking tmj: Hi YAbbas, if by "cracking" you mean a popping noise, then this is suspicious for temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Causes usually include trauma, behavioral factors, posture, ticks, and dental structure. It can be diagnosed easily by your doctor. Treatment is based around limiting pain. Your doctor should advise you on the best non-pharmacologic treatments to start. ...Read more
I notice that when I smile widely or open my mouth wide, my face would sort of vibrate or twitch. Is that normal?
Smiling: I suggest keep smiling...A lot! The more you exercise these muscles the less easily they will become fatigued (likely the cause of these symptoms). ...Read more
Jaw randomly started hurting only hurts when I open my mouth wide started few days ago I can eat fine no other pain?
Early TMJ: May be an early TMJ problem. Avoid hard foods. OTC pain meds. If symptoms persist, see an oral surgeon. The surgeon may refer you 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
When I open my mouth wide eg to eat an aple I hear a noise from my jawbones and feel like they are detached others don't hear it slight tmj?
Jawbone: Opening your mouth wide for a number of reasons can noise in your tmj. It is located just forward to your ear, so it may sound louder to you. It can be loud for others to hear. It is one symptom of an imbalance in your joint and muscles of your jaw. This may become more serious. Your dentist can treat or monitor this disorder. ...Read more