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Yawning causing pain from left side of the jaw to lower ear for seconds, and gone. What is the cause and is there any remedy or cure for this?

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Dr. Steven Koos
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Yawning & TMJ Pain

On maximal range of motion opening, patients sometimes can have "over translation" of the TMJ and this can result in an audible pop or click (actually anywhere within the rotational or translational period) or a brief burst of pain varying in intensity.
This doesn't mean that you have a pathologic condition within one TMJ and should not be of too much concern unless it occurs with normal function.

In brief: Yawning & TMJ Pain

On maximal range of motion opening, patients sometimes can have "over translation" of the TMJ and this can result in an audible pop or click (actually anywhere within the rotational or translational period) or a brief burst of pain varying in intensity.
This doesn't mean that you have a pathologic condition within one TMJ and should not be of too much concern unless it occurs with normal function.
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Dr. Steven Koos
As far as preventing the pain - try and limit your range of motion when yawning. Take your right hand in a fist and support under your chin when yawning and provide resistance to opening all of the way. Requires conscious effort though until it becomes a habit.
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: TMJ

When you open your mouth wide and have pain, this could be a sign of TMJ (jaw joint) pain/inflammation.
Often this pain is felt in the ear. A soft diet and nsaids (ibuprofen) can help. If it gets worse, see an oral surgeon or ENT doctor to confirm the diagnosis.

In brief: TMJ

When you open your mouth wide and have pain, this could be a sign of TMJ (jaw joint) pain/inflammation.
Often this pain is felt in the ear. A soft diet and nsaids (ibuprofen) can help. If it gets worse, see an oral surgeon or ENT doctor to confirm the diagnosis.
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