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Tightness Under Jaw
Feels tight under right jaw but don't feel any swelling at all. Jaw was hurting to open. That feels better but not gone, what could cause this?
Hard to tell: But it could be TMJ problem, especially if you were chewing or biting tough or hard foods. If it recurs, see a head and neck surgeon. ...Read more
I have tightness under my left jaw area and my upper left neck. Any clue as to what this might be. Heart related perhaps?
Jaw pain: In a 19year old this is highly unlikely to be related to the heart. More likely swollen node or submandibular gland, or possibly other local phenomenon. ...Read more
Muscle pain: Tightness in jaw muscles can be due to a few reasons such as muscle dysfunction or a neurological problem. I would speculate its muscle pain rather than anything wrong. You can find an orofacial pain dentist (www. Aaop. Org) for consultation if your problem has been going on for too long. ...Read more
See your dentist: Tightness inthe jaw is a classic sign of a TMJ disorder. It may be related to clenching or grinding your teeth, trauma and a number of other problems. It is best to see your dentist for an evaluation. In the mean time stick with soft foods, avoid chewing gum and other hard or chewy foods that can cause more pain. ...Read more
A few possibilities.: The tightness is due to muscle spasm. It can be caused by clenching or grinding habits or by an incoordination between the jaw, the joints, the muscles and the way the teeth meet. The most important message I can give you is that you need to see a dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment before it gets worse! ...Read more
See TMJ doc: Jaw locking is an advanced TMJ (jaw joint) problem. See a TMJ expert for guidance. 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
NSAIDS & Splints: Many times anti-inflammatory's and mouth splints can help "train" your jaw to minimize effects of tmj. Regular visits to the dentist is important to maintain the optimal TMJ health. ...Read more
Jaw tightness: The joint itself is very mobile and the disk in the joint is very mobile as well. The disk is often out of proper position, as the disk attachments may have been stretched. The jaw pain may come from muscle tension and spasm as a result. The management of jaw and joint problems is usually conservative unless pain or decreased function (or even jaw locking) is severe. A muscle relaxant may help. ...Read more
Strange jaw tightness and then feeling like I've been drugged the next morning. What are these symptoms?
Been having tightness in my jaw after chewing and back is having some pains and discomfort. Is this a sign of tetanus?
TMJ?: Hardly likely. You would be pretty sick. Chance are goog thayer you were immunized for it when you started high school and the vaccine is good for ten years you may have a TMJ problem in which case you should see your dentist. ...Read more
Does TMJ always cause pain? I have tightness on right jaw and wondering if that's what I have. No pain just overall discomfort feeling.
Not always pain.: TMJ rpblems can occur without pain. Sometimes just joint noises. Sometimes only limited oral opening. Or tightness or discomfort as you are experiencing. ...Read more
I have had daily chronic face/jaw pain/tension since October of 2014. I get a really tight pain in my jaw and face everyday and it won't go away.?
See specialists: See the Prosthodontist, Oral Surgeon, and the Dentist who treats TMD (TMJ) as their focus. Going on too long. If these specialists cannot help you, then they will refer you appropriately. Best of luck. ...Read more
I have had jaw pain for 2 months and it doesn't seem to be getting better. I also have pain and tightness in surrounding area of the cheeks and Chin.
Could be serious: Jaw pain should never be taken lightly. It could be a symptom of an underlying problem like clenching or grinding the teeth, an infection coming from a tooth or the gums, or a non-dental problem. Did you know that one of the most common presentations of coronary artery disease/blockage is jaw pain, especially on the left side of the jaw. First see a Dentist to rule out Dental issues. ...Read more
I am recovering from a jaw injury. I ate sweet corn, not much, just 1 serving. At the time I ate, I had no problem with my jaw, but after jaw is tight.
TMJ?: This could just be muscle soreness from the original jaw injury, depending on how it happened. TMJ is another kind of jaw pain caused by overuse. My advice wild be to avoid foods requiring a lot of chewing until yur jaw is starting to feel better. Consider a dentist or oral surgeon if the pain is not going away with time or gets worse ...Read more
Lime disease: Contracted by infected (from a black legged or a deer tick) tick bite, lime disease is caused by borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. The tick is infected by feeding on an infected deer or mice. Lyme disease can cause rashes, body aches, fever, chills, weakness, swollen joints which may give rise to jaw tightness. Tx is antibiotic (amoxicillin in child and Doxycycline in adult)from 10 up to 21 days. ...Read more
Need more info: For tightness, are you referring to restriction of opening, soreness of muscles, limitation of moving side to side, or something else? Often these are related to clenching and grinding teeth, but there is not enough information to give a more complete answer. ...Read more
Can a biteguard for TMJ make it worse. Since I've had mine I've developed tightness and spasms in jaw.
Yes: There are many types of mouth appliances that accomplish very different purposes, some the exact opposite of others. An inexpensive otc appliance is sometimes useful as a diagnostic tool to determine the best course of treatment for tmd but often a different appliance is necessary to address the symptoms. See your dentist and report your observations. ...Read more
My mom is 54 yrs old but lately has been experiencing a tightness in her jaw. Why is that? What causes it?
My back molars on the left and right side feel constantly tight. I get this radiating tightness in my whole lower jaw.
It might be...: It is possible you could be grinding your teeth inadvertently and this might be the cause of your symptoms. That is called pruxism and many people need mouth guards in order to avoid teeth damage and other complications that arise with this type of problem. My recommendation is to visit your dentist and be evaluated for this. ...Read more
I have jaw pain and tightness that at times radiates to my cheeks and chin and sometimes my neck. Why does the jaw pain radiate?
TMJ syndrome: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Headache, earache, cheek pain, neck pain and jaw pain are the common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain specialist for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more
My jaw tenses up and won't release on one side. It doesn't lock up its just really tight. Could I have TMJ without the clicking?
Yes: Some joint displacement and pterygoid hypertrophy (jaw tightness) are usually the result of chronic nocturnal (nighttime) clenching. These nighttime events create tremendous muscle force and activity that can be at play. Find a dentist trained in treating jaw tension with a nti devise. ...Read more
Episodic jaw pain, alternating sides, stinging usually, throb now and then, lasts 5 to 60 seconds. Often followed by facial tightness?
Episodic Jaw pain: This sounds like it might be TMJ pain resulting from chronic grinding or clenching. However, there are other possible causes. This should be checked and evaluated by your dentist. ...Read more
I have jaw pain / TMJ, but have tightness and sometimes pain that radiates to my cheeks and Chin. Why does it radiate to these other areas?
Hi I'm 25 and for the passed three day I have had tightness on one or both side my head and when I eat something my jaw gets tight what could it be?
Cut from can lid in trash 3 mornings ago, tetanus shot 2 mornings ago. Jaw feels tight last 2 days. Intermittant. No pain no spasms. Tetanus starting?
No tetanus: No, you are not developing tetanus.Get a more detailed answer ›