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Will using a mouth guard for teeth grinding cause jaw pain?

Will using a mouth guard for teeth grinding cause jaw pain?

Possible: 2 reasons to wear a mouthguard for grinding are 1) to prevent tooth wear and 2) prevent damage to jaw/TMJ. Some guards actually make the grinding worse. See a TMJ expert for guidance about this. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask MD, dentist and dental society for referral. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

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


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Can a broken mouth guard cause jaw pain?

Can a broken mouth guard cause jaw pain?

If the original: Unbroken mouthguard was causing relief, but now the broken one is causing pain, then it would be reasonable to assume that the broken one is causing the discomfort. I would recommend being seen by your dentist to determine the cause. I am assuming the mouthguard is in fact a "nightguard" and not an atheteltc "mouthguard". In the interim stop wearing the broken mouthguard. ...Read more

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I bought a mouth guard. My jaw pain is gone but I have noticed my bite has changed. If I stop wearing the guard, will my bite return to normal?

 I bought a mouth guard. My jaw pain is gone but I have noticed my bite has changed. If I stop wearing the guard, will my bite return to normal?

Possibly: Can't really tell how exactly your bite has changed or by how much. Store bought appliances although cheap, do not perform like a professionally fabricated night guard. See a local dentist for help with both your bruxism and your bite. ...Read more

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I've had jaw pain on the right side right below my ear whenever I open my mouth wide, not when I clench my teeth. It's getting more painful what is it?

I've had jaw pain on the right side right below my ear whenever I open my mouth wide, not when I clench my teeth. It's getting more painful what is it?

TMJ????: It is possible that the disc of the temperomandibular joint (tmj)is dislocated and causing you pain which would occur in mouth opening. Find a good fellow trained TMJ specialist in your area. ...Read more

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I was eating something crunchy when I suddenly got jaw pain on the left side near my ear whenever I clench my teeth. Is this something I can wait out?

I was eating something crunchy when I suddenly got jaw pain on the left side near my ear whenever I clench my teeth. Is this something I can wait out?

Be careful: You could have strained your left TMJ when you were eating. If the range of motion of your jaw is not affected and you experience no pain/discomfort or popping/clicking in the joint when you open and close and if you don't notice a change in your bite then you can expect it to get better. Just eat a softer diet, try taking an NSAID like advil (ibuprofen) and alternate between hot/cold compress on the joint. ...Read more

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Right hand side jaw pain and clicking ive noticed I'm always clenching my teeth how can I stop doing it? As sometimes I don't realise I'm doing it

Right hand side jaw pain and clicking ive noticed I'm always clenching my teeth how can I stop doing it? As sometimes I don't realise I'm doing it

TMJ-TMD: TMJ syndrome may cause ear pain, ringing in the ears, jaw locking, jaw clicking and pain behind the ear. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain expert for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more

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I am wearing a mouth guard , but still in the morning i get my muscle tight , jaw pain, also sinus pressure in the cheeks! what could be done?

I am wearing a mouth guard , but still in the morning i get my muscle tight , jaw pain, also sinus pressure in the cheeks!  what could be done?

NTI: A specialize splint caled a nti may help your condition. It has fda approval in the treatment of medically diagnosed headaches by truly suppressing elevating muscle activity by 70 percent. See a dentist who is trained in using them. ...Read more

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Is it normal for the upper and lower teeth not to touch while mouth is closed unless it is opened to eat? I had undergone bite adjustment due to teeth/jaw pain and my teeth are not touching now.

Is it normal for the upper and lower teeth not to touch while mouth is closed unless it is opened to eat? I had undergone bite adjustment due to teeth/jaw pain and my teeth are not touching now.

Yes : Upper and lower teeth should not be touching each other at all when relaxed. If they were before the adjustment then expect any tmj/tooth symptoms to improve from this point forward. ...Read more

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Could the jaw pain when opening mouth be related to my wisdom teeth coming in?

Yes: At the age of 51, having wisdom teeth beginning to erupt into the mouth is not a common finding, although not impossible. Jaw pain with opening can be due to a number of different causes. A thorough clinical evaluation and diagnostic x-rays would be recommended to properly diagnose your problem in order to provide any indicated treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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Jaw pain, pressure on roof of mouth, is it my wisdom teeth or smomething else?

Jaw pain, pressure on roof of mouth, is it my wisdom teeth or smomething else?

Needs to be seen: You would have to be personally seen and evaluated in order to determine the cause of your dental symptoms. That's something we can't do over the internet. ...Read more

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Jaw pain or problems opening my mouth after wisdom teeth surgery, is normal? And how can I adjust it?

Jaw pain or problems opening my mouth after wisdom teeth surgery, is normal? And how can I adjust it?

Its the swelling: After a tooth is extracted the area swells. Bone is living tissue so it does swell and because of that edema [fancy ten dollar doctor word for swelling] it is harder to open the jaw. It will resolve usually four to five days after the procedure. Ice and anti inflammatory agents are the best solution. ...Read more

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Hi last nite throbbing jaw pain at the jawline. It was only on one side and the test of mouth didn't hurt. Could it be my teeth our some thing else?

Hi last nite throbbing jaw pain at the jawline. It was only on one side and the test of mouth didn't hurt. Could it be my teeth our some thing else?

Teeth a concern: Diffuse jaw pain can have several reasons, teeth are one of the more common ones, especially impacted teeth(under the gums). The gums surrounding the teeth can be painful. The jaw joint, tmj, can be a reason for pain, higher on the suspicion meter if you note popping with opening your jaw. The salivary glands, submandibular, can be an etiology for posterior jaw pain. See your dentist for an exam. ...Read more

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Terrible teeth and jaw pain after using 10 mg ambien (zolpidem) for 3 days plus really dry mouth?

Terrible teeth and jaw pain after using 10 mg ambien (zolpidem) for 3 days plus really dry mouth?

TMJ dysfunction : When your jaw joints are misaligned or not working properly, the resulting pain 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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I have unexplained jaw pain. It started 4-5 days ago. I dont have teeth. Im a 38 yr d female with type 2 diabetes. When i get the pain, it makes my mouth water & I feel like I'm going to be sick. I can't explain the feeling. But it's like air or something

Oral surgeon: Hard to say without examination. Most common cause of jaw pain not related to tooth is TMJ. See oral surgeon for diagnosis. You many need to see a TMJ-orofacial pain doc. See a TMJ expert to help evaluate and treat your problem. A TMJ expert can be general dentist, an oral surgeon, prosthodontist, orofacial pain specialist. Ask your physician, dentist or dental society for a recommendation. ...Read more

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I'm concerned if i could be developing Ludwig's Angina. I have pain from 2 teeth. I had jaw pain 3 weeks, breathing OK, no fever, Some pain bottom of mouth, under side of head feels OK.

Not Ludwig's: Ludwig's angina refers to a very serious, life-threatening soft tissue infection ) necrotizing fasciitis) in the area below the jaw. If you had this, you would not be alive to actually write your question since patients with this diagnosis appear toxic, in severe pain, and barely alive. ...Read more

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Ear ache sometimes in both ears, teeth sometimes hurt, very sharp jaw pain on right side of mouth mostly happens before bed, get it daily what is it?

Ear ache sometimes in both ears, teeth sometimes hurt, very sharp jaw pain on right side of mouth mostly happens before bed, get it daily what is it?

Pain and dysfunction: If the tmj/tmd issues last for awhile, some symptoms can affect the ear (s) in many ways. You may develop ringing in the ears; earaches, popping-grating-clicking that is heard constantly in the ears; roaring muffled sounds; hearing loss; on and on. It is better to see an ENT first if you have ear symptoms to rule out it being the ears as the source of the problem. ...Read more

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Extreme mouth pain, tooth pain, jaw pain and swallowing. What are these symptoms of?

Extreme mouth pain, tooth pain, jaw pain and swallowing. What are these symptoms of?

SERIOUS PROBLEM: It could be many things. See your dentist as soon as possible for a diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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For the last 3 days I've had jaw pain just on the right side. I've had headaches + can't open my mouth wide! Any idea why? Wisdom tooth coming through

For the last 3 days I've had jaw pain just on the right side. I've had headaches + can't open my mouth wide! Any idea why? Wisdom tooth coming through

Maxillary tooth ?: It may be that the erupting tooth is digging into your cheek and jawbone. Let a local dentist take a look to see if it needs extraction. Most do. ...Read more

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Ear and upper mouth pain along upper jaw. Pain before wisdom tooth removed, didn't solve problem. Been to three dentists and ent. Constant ache.

Ear and upper mouth pain along upper jaw. Pain before wisdom tooth removed, didn't solve problem. Been to three dentists and ent.  Constant ache.

Mystery: We are limited as to what to attribute the cause of your symptoms to over the internet. This requires a proper and complete medical and dental history, along with a clinical exam and a full set of x-rays. You might want to get a consult at a local dental school or a teaching hospital dental residency program. ...Read more

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Excruciating pain on the right side of my mouth. Throbbing jaw pain, tooth aches, sore gums , facial swelling, lips are numb, and a low grade temp.

Excruciating pain on the right side of my mouth. Throbbing jaw pain, tooth aches, sore gums , facial swelling, lips are numb, and a low grade temp.

Multiple symptoms: You can either research hundreds of possibilities over the internet and sites like this or see your primary care physician as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment. I would recommend the second. ...Read more

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Will pulling wisdom teeth help with jaw pain? Please help me docs!

Will pulling wisdom teeth help with jaw pain? Please help me docs!

Definitely, no: Wisdom teeth do not cause TMJ problems. If there is no pain or limitation of movement associated with your jaw clicking, you probably don't have a TMJ. ...Read more

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Is Ludwigs common really worried cause i have jaw pain feels like teeth hurt but family dr said she thought its was from cleanching ?

Is Ludwigs common really worried cause i have jaw pain feels like teeth hurt but family dr said she thought its was from cleanching ?

Could be: But then the dentist should have you wear a mouth guard at night. This really helps. You do not want to ruin your teeth so let's get going ...Read more

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Please help I have jaw pain after wisdom teeth removal?

Please help I have jaw pain after wisdom teeth removal?

Call the dentist: Who removed your teeth for advice as to how best to handle the pain. ...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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Mouth Guard (Definition)

Protective appliances that fit on the teeth , used to control harmful habits such as ...Read more