What can I do to reduce pain when chewing?

TMJ. Pain with chewing is usually due to tmj, or arthritis of the jaw joint. Try ibuprofen, warm compresses and a soft diet for two weeks. Feel better.
Pain With Chewing. Pain with chewing is often caused by TMJ dysfunction, or pain in the jaw near the ear. An anti-inflammatory drug such as Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) should be helpful. Occasionally, a mouth guard can be molded by your dentist to give you added relief.