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The lower right side of my face hurts when I open my mouth. Anybody have any idea? Could it be tmj?
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Dr. James Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
7 doctors agree
In brief: Could be, yes.
Your symptoms are quite vague.
Many things can cause lower facial pain, including impacted wisdom teeth or other dental problems. But, if the pain is worse when you're moving your jaw or chewing, it's likely to be a TMJ problem. Often these pains are referred to the ear, just in back of the jaw joint. A panoramic x-ray to rule out other problems may be indicated.

In brief: Could be, yes.
Your symptoms are quite vague.
Many things can cause lower facial pain, including impacted wisdom teeth or other dental problems. But, if the pain is worse when you're moving your jaw or chewing, it's likely to be a TMJ problem. Often these pains are referred to the ear, just in back of the jaw joint. A panoramic x-ray to rule out other problems may be indicated.
Dr. James Bates
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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Pain
You should see a dentist for a proper diagnosis.
The pain could be from a tooth or gum infection. Possibly tmj, but usually the pain is more in front of the ear area. A dental x-ray may be needed.

In brief: Pain
You should see a dentist for a proper diagnosis.
The pain could be from a tooth or gum infection. Possibly tmj, but usually the pain is more in front of the ear area. A dental x-ray may be needed.
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dr. Thomas Davis
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Need to be evaluated to make sure that you truly have tmj/tmd or some other ailment, etc.
That can mimic TMJ symptoms. Should see a dentist/tmj specialist first to give you more info with a thorough history and exam.

In brief: Depends
Need to be evaluated to make sure that you truly have tmj/tmd or some other ailment, etc.
That can mimic TMJ symptoms. Should see a dentist/tmj specialist first to give you more info with a thorough history and exam.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Could be
Yes, it could be TMJ but there are many possible explanations.
Ranging from a dental problem, to something much more serious. Start with a dental or oral surgery evaluation.

In brief: Could be
Yes, it could be TMJ but there are many possible explanations.
Ranging from a dental problem, to something much more serious. Start with a dental or oral surgery evaluation.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Your muscles may hurt because of tmj.

In brief: Yes
Your muscles may hurt because of tmj.
Dr. Marvin Pantangco
Dr. Marvin Pantangco
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Dr. David Schleimer
TMJ is an anatomical joint, such as a knee or elbow. Proper terminology is important for a clinician. The proper term for someone who suffers problems due to the temporomandibular joint is termed TMD.
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