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  • I've been having real bad pain behind my ear coming down to my neck and below my jaw. I went to the doctor and he said it was an ear infection. He gave me some drops but the pain still hasn't gone away. Then I went to the dentist and asked if it was my wisdom tooth coming out. They said no but it would be best if I get surgery to remove them because chances are maybe it could be the cause. But .... I don't think so because everytime I laugh, eat, turn my head left, or drink anything I have real bad pain. It also hurts when I clutch my teeth together... I have pain in my lower back tooth. Can you tell me what it is? ...Visitor from Compton     (answer)

  • Jaw joint lock: I am a 32 year old lactating woman who completed root canal of 2 lower right side teeth in 4 sittings with 4 dental anastheshia earlier this month. Since my last appointment I have difficulty in opening my mouth. I can open my mouth only 5-6 cm. The dentist suggested that I do some jaw-mouth exercises with a warm compress. I was not given any medicines because I was lactating. The dentist even tried to forcably open my mouth twice. During the following week I had unbearable pain along with severe headache for 3 hrs. Since then there has been no improvement in my condition. I don't understand why I am having so much pain. Please suggest what can be done. ...Visitor from India     (answer)

  • Jaw joint pain after full mouth restoration: After having a full mouth restoration (32 teeth), I began experiencing pain in the jaw joint on only the right side of my face whenever I chew something. Several attempts to grind down some of the new teeth have not helped. The teeth on the left side touch, but not the teeth on the right side. Now the dentist wants to remove all of the caps on the teeth that he just put in several months ago on the right lower jaw and start over again. What adverse risks are associated with this solution to my problem? He says removing the caps on the teeth is not a big deal and nothing like what I went through when he was gringing down the teeth to prep for installing the porcelain crowns. ...Visitor from SC     (answer)

  • Left jaw pain: For about a week or longer at my left jaw line and at the front of my left ear hurt terribly. It hurts even when I'm not moving my mouth. The most pain is when I try to put my teeth together. I have never had braces and my teeth have always been pretty much perfect. But it's almost like my jaw has or is moved to the right and I have to remind myself to keep my teeth in line. I have not been in any accidents or trauma at all. My jaw does not feel like it's gonna pop and does not grind. Should I go to the doctor? Dentist? ...Visitor from TN     (answer)

  • Extra wisdom teeth causing headaches? Two years ago I got all 4 of my wisdom teeth out. At that time, I was only 14. Now being 16, I am having awful jaw pains and severe headaches. My lower back teeth are really hurting as well. Could this be because I have another pair of wisdom teeth coming in? Because I have heard something like that could happen. ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Jaw pain, worse than natural childbirth: My pain has worsened over the past few months. Even since my front teeth were capped due to thining and mechanical wear. I had temporaries for 11 weeks before the new ones came in. I thought they were okay, although longer and protrude more than the natural ones. I don't think bruxism is bad at night, because I drool, and assume that I wouldn't if I were clinched, but I know I do all day. Headache kicks in about an hour after I wake, with tinnitus, and a drawing sensation in the facial muscles at times. They recently dislocated for 2 days. My dentist doesn't deal with jaw problems. ...Visitor from NE     (answer)

  • My jaw doesn't open or close straight. This causes some pain as well as my jaw cracks. I had braces as a teen for 3 yrs and again for 9 months in my early 20s (now 28) also had head gear and all 4 wisdom teeth pulled. Could my jaw problems be caused by my previous dental work and what can be done to fix my crooked jaw? I feel rather self concious about it as well. ...Visitor from Canada     (answer)

  • Three months ago I had a wisdom tooth removed on my lower jaw and it was fine for a week. Then I was eating one day and heard a big crack so I returned to the dentist and they said it probably just went back into place. Now, 4 months after I have been on antibiotics and pain killers it is just getting worse. It seens like a burning sensation and it hurts bad to eat and talk I feel I can't open my mouth wide. What do you think it could be? ...Visitor from Canada     (answer)

  • I just got two fillings done. I have been unable to really open my mouth for about 3 weeks now...even though I have been doing the exercises. I can still only eat soft foods. I can barely get a utensil in my mouth! I have lost 12 lbs. Also, and I'll try to explain this the best I can...but when I do eat...the first bite or two, it's like my salivary glands go crazy and I have this intense paralyzing pain that radiates up to my ears ...Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • When I open my mouth I hear and feel the hinge of my jaw grinding loudly. If I sustain the opening for any length of time it will result in a tremendous ache starting in that region and then will eventually encompass my entire head. Have I lost cartilage in joints of the jaw? Am I going to lose opening ability soon? What is going on and is there a way to curtail this seeming degeneration? ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • I had my wisdom tooth removed about 4 months ago and ended up in hospital 3 days later with a very bad infection. Since then I have had lots of problems with eating, swollen glans and pain with headaches. I went back to my dentist and had my top tooth out right side and I'm still having problems. I can't open my mouth well. ... Visitor from Australia     (answer)

  • Hi, last Saturday, I was eating a carmel apple, and my jaw popped out of place.. It used to do it a lot, but it would pop right back into place. This time it didn't go back it. It is still out of place. I don't know if it is Lock Jaw or if it is dislocated or what. But do you think that you could tell me what I could to do fix my jaw? ...Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • I was kicked by a horse last November in the chin, and it fractured my jaw in six places. There was a plastic surgeon there that fixed my jaw with what I call plates on both sides of my face at the jaw joint and two plates holding my chin together. I also hit my head on both sides, and my right ear has always hurt. My jaw healed but now my jaw doesn't open all the way, and I am in constant pain, nothing seems to help. My dentist sent me to an oral surgeon to have some teeth pulled and the oral surgeon is also a maxofacial surgoen. He sent me to physical therapy but my jaw isn't going to open anymore. He was going to do surgery but I said no because he thought he might not be able to get my jaw open any further and he might paralize my face. Sometime between the two doctors my chin moved a little to the left and the plate on the left side of my face is bent inward. Now I am getting a second opinion from a TMJ/oral and maxofacial surgeon to see if he can help. I am just tring to figure out if I am going to have to live with this pain the rest of my life. I am only 29 years old It is getting to the point now where I don't even want to eat because it hurts to much. My regular doctor put me on Lexapro and Robaxin, but it doesn't really help. The second surgoen is sending me to get and MRI done. He is not sure that surgery will help get rid of the pain. I just don't know what to do anymore. They are also going to pull all my top teeth and put full dentures and partial dentures on the bottom, but before they do that I need to find out if they need to re-break my jaw to fix it again, in hopes that this will get rid of the pain. ...Visitor from CO     (answer)

  • My daughter called from college (we live overseas) and is having pain about a week and half. She has never had dental problems and didn't get hurt. She has bad pain biting down too hard and back teeth aren't meeting. No clicking in jaw. Wakes up and can barely open mouth until she works it around awhile. Pain is almost constant when not eating also, but not as bad. It's not her wisdom teeth as she has no tenderness in that area of gums at all. Pain seems at the joints. Do I advise her to go to a dentist and how do I know which one would treat this problem? Does this sound like something that may just go away? Could it come from possible clenching of teeth in night? Never had that problem before but always a first time. What do I advise her please? ...Visitor from Praia da Vitoria, Azores, Portugal     (answer)

  • My mother is 67 years old. She has had facial pain for 4 1/2 to 5 years and it continues to worsen. The pain is almost more than she can bear. She has seen many doctors, but none have been able to relieve her pain. Mom has been told that she has TMJ and arthritis in her jaw. They have prescribed various medicines that have not helped. Mom's dentist told her that he thinks she has a hole in her sinuses because she has drainage that accumulates in her gum, below her jaw. Mom sniffs and snorts to try to get the accumulation out of her jaw. After 2-3 weeks she will get some of it to come out. It is a hard substance. Mom has taken samples to two doctors. One told her that it was an infection and gave her an antibiotic, while the second did not offer an explanation. Mom's jaw always feels full, even after she has gotten some of the "stuff" out. Can you offer any suggestions as to what this may be. Mom needs some relief, some hope. She does not want to continue living with this pain. ...Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • I had a sensitive lower left molar. I had a root canal on the tooth and crowned. Before the procedure I was experiencing very mild pain in the jaw below this tooth. After the procedure the pain has increased. Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it doesn't. It's not unbearable, but it's become a part of my life, dragging me down. The pain is right at the bottom of my jaw and is sore to the touch, as if it were muscles and or nerves. ...Visitor from AL     (answer)

  • I had polyps removed from my left sinuses almost 2 yrs ago. I now have some soreness and tightness in my left jaw just above my earlobe. I also have pain when I am opening my mouth and also when not doing anything. I get pain when I press my left temple and it feels like there is fluid in my head. What can I take to ease the pain? It gets worse each day. ...Visitor from Toronto, Ontario Canada     (answer)

  • I have had problems with my teeth ever since I can remember. I have very soft teeth. I would get them filled they would break sometimes into my gum causing me to have it removed. I think the dentist told me I had a 7 mil overbite?? I am 28 and I only have 8 teeth on the top of my mouth. Now I am having major jaw pain. It all started about 4 weeks ago when I had a bad headache. It hasn't gone away. Could the jaw pain be from my teeth or maybe I have tmj??? I am at the point where I am just going to get the remainder of my teeth pulled and get a top plate. My bottom teeth are fine. ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • For the past year or so I have had chronic sinus problems on my left side - fluid in the left ear, congestion on the left side of my sinus, occasional ear ache. I also have had a sensitive tooth on the left side with near the gum line for a few years as well. At my exam 12 months ago I explained the tooth sensitivity to the dentist and he studied the x-ray and didn't see anything wrong. In the last 2 months or so, I have been experiencing a dull ache in my jaw under the general sensitive tooth area. I don't seem to have any swelling, no pain when I touch my jaw or tooth area. Would a root canal ease this pain or do you think it is TMJ that has similar symptoms. I am also concerned that since it has been so long, that I could have an even bigger problem than that. What can happen if there has been infection of something of that nature for that long in the tooth or jaw? ...Visitor from Alaska     (answer)

  • Raised bite and mouthguards: I have had my bite raised about 3 years ago by a denstist who filled all of my lower teeth by a few mm as he said my bite needs to be raised. He also gave me some plastic mouthgauards for top and bottom teeth which I wear soemtimes. Now I am feeling a little sore in the jaw sometimes, I feel pain and discomfort. I have also had headaches sometimes. My teeth are bending inward and my mouth is very small. Could this joint pain be because of the raised bite? Or the mouthguards? What should I do for short term relief and long term? Should I go to an orthodontist and use something like invisalign? I am 36 years old. ...Visitor from London, England     (answer)

  • Jaw bone infection: I had a tooth extracted over a year ago. I developed a jaw bone infection that was treated for about 6 wks and then was told not to worry unless my face became swollen or red. Four months later I went to an oral surgeon who took an x-ray and found a large piece of broken bone in my jaw and I had oral surgery. He scraped a large area of the jaw bone and it seems to be better but sometimes I feel the same nausea that I felt all during the months while the infection was not being treated. Are there consequences or damage resulting from this? I also suffered from hearing loss on one side but it is possibly just coincidental. Is this possible? I have TMJ and the area of the jaw near the ear that is in question, is moderately swollen, but that doesn't seem to be a concern. For too many months I felt like a hypochondriac always having aches pains and complaints. I am not in the least interested in going to a doctor, but I have to admit I worry about this sometimes. Can infection from the jaw bone travel? The joints in my elbow, hip and knee are experiencing some strange pains that radiate occasionally with some swelling around the joints. Have I gone crazy? Could this be in some way connected to the jaw bone disease I had? I am 47 years old and thought I was quite healthy, now I just seem to have one complaint after another..? ...Visitor from VT     (answer)

  • I am wearing braces and for several months now I am suffering from jaw pain especially in the morning when i open my mouth. It all started when my lower premolars on both sides had been extracted and they slowly started moving to close the gaps in between. I told my dentist about it and she said just put on hot and cold compress for 30 minutes a day, the pain is just due to a stress in the teeth. I doubt though that that was the reason why my jaw hurts. Im thinking that this could be more than just stress she was talking about. Then i tried to search the internet and found out that jaw pain can be caused by bad bite. Is the pain in my jaw maybe caused by the extraction of teeth? Is it possible that the pain will be gone once my teeth has been corrected? Will the pain in my jaw be gone as a result of my teeth being corrected? ...Visitor from Yigo, Guam     (answer)

  • For the last couple of years, I've indulged in a probably bad habit of stretching my cheek muscles by shifting my lower jaw to the right, and then to the left, etc. On occasion when I do this, whatever side I'm stretching will pop, and for an hour or so afterward, if I make that stretching movement again, I can hear a sort of grinding. I wanted to give you that as background, but I don't recall having popped my jaw in this way within the last couple of weeks, which is when the right side of my jaw, very far in back near where the joint must be, began hurting. It hurts when I open my mouth wide, and when I make that stretching motion on that side of my face, which I find myself doing unintentionally just while eating, working a piece of food out of my teeth, things like that. Should I be concerned about this? Do I need to see a doctor, or is this something that I can expect to correct itself at some point? Any thoughts on what the problem? ...Visitor from WA, DC     (answer)

  • My Mom is 87 years old and has osteoporosis. She's been complaining for the last few months of jaw pain on the left side of her face that starts at the joint by the ear and extends to the lower jaw. Recently the pain has become severe and she's noticed that she can't hear out of that ear and the pain is beginning to extend down to the gland. The pain is not all day, but more severe in the morning when she opens her mouth or on and off during the day, especially when she needs to chew. For sometime she thought is was from problems with getting dentures that fit her properly, and she's had a terrible time getting dentures that do not produce ulcerations in the gum. But lately there are no ulcerations at all and has determined the pain is not from irritated gums. ...Visitor from MD     (answer)

  • Jaw / ear pain: A few months ago, I had root canals in two lower molars (one each on left and right side of my mouth) and they both resulted in increased pain. An endodontist re-treated each of them a few weeks ago. A full month later, both teeth continue to be ultra-sensitive to biting pressure, and even a toothbrush. If I sleep on my side, my entire jaw and ear will be painful the next day. Sometimes jaw and ear pain happen with no discernible triggers. I cannot chew anything harder than mashed potatoes, applesauce or occassionally over-cooked pasta. What are possible causes? ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • TMJ disorder / disc displacement: IS there any hope for my TMJ pain. My jaw would dislocate to where I had to rub on the outside of me cheek hard to get it to pop back in. One doctor determined it was muscular and treated with a splint that immediatley made my jaw dislocate all the time especially at night. So an MRI was scheduled where it was discovered that both discs were being misplaced when I opened. I had surgey on both jaws 4 years ago. However they have still never been right. Immediately after surgery I was limited to how far I could open my mounth, despite therapy with a machine. I cannot move my jaws back and forth and cannot bring my bottom jaw forward to meet up with my top front teeth (I have always had an overbite). About a week or two after surgery I got a cortizone shot in one of my jaw joints because it was so painful nothing could even touch it. About 2 weeks later after the shot (because of pain) I had the Jaw flushed. Nothing has helped. I put up with the pain that seemed to lessen until now. The popping and pain has returned to my right jaw and occasionally it will pop out of place. It is affecting my eating, talking, sleeping and causing headaches and I work full time so this is not easy. It will sometimes pop just from me swallowing (without my teeth touching each other). I am getting very concerned but do not want another surgery so I keep putting off getting it re-looked at. Is there anything I can do or will I have to just live with it? ...Visitor from VA     (answer)

  • Lower Left Jaw Pain, burning: I have recently started having pain in my lower left jaw. It feels like its in the bone). I also have ear pain and a stiff sore neck up into the back of my head on the left side. The ear pain and neck problems just started, but I've also experienced feeling numb or burning pains in my left shoulder. I don't have any hot/cold sensations when eating/drinking. My wisdom tooth was removed several years ago. Who can I see in Oklahoma? ...Visitor from OK     (answer)

  • Jaw Impact Trauma: I got into a car accident about 2 1/2 years ago and my face hit the steering wheel. For about the first 2 years, every time I would open my mouth my jaw would crack. When I would wake up in the mornings I wouldn't be able to open my mouth completely so I would have to rub it for about 20 minutes then everything would be fine. One morning, about 6 months ago, I woke up and rubbed my jaw like I did every morning but my jaw would not open. Now it is hard for me to eat many things because my jaw won't open all the way and when I yawn it hurts really bad to open my mouth. My doctor tells me just to take some motrin and put a hot compress on my jaw but it still hurts. What can I do to fix this problem? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Jaw Pain after 4 Extractions: A 15yr old with a swollen cheek and jaw pain for a year now. She had 4 adult teeth pulled all at 1 time in order to start on braces. Afterwards the swelling on her right cheek did not go away. She can also hear "click" sounds only on her right side jaw when she moves her jaw. Her dentist did an xray and said that the teeth and everything looks fine. Her swollen cheek wasn't there before, it happened after her teeth had been pulled. I was wondering if the teeth pulling could have injured her cheeks or something else causing her swolling and pain near her back end of her cheek by the ear area. Is there any way to make the pain or swollen go away. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Physical Impact Trauma: The other day I fell and hit my chin on the concrete. Now my jaw really hurts but the doctors at the hospital said that there is nothing wrong with my jaw. I cannot open it alot and sometimes it hurts to talk. What could it be and how do I fix it? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Upper Jaw Tooth-type Pain: I have had a toothache type pain in the upper right side of my jaw for about 2 months. The gum is sore between two root-canaled teeth. After 3 weeks, I also started having headaches; I felt weak, sleepy and tired. The pain and other symptoms often disappear in the night. My Dentist did teeth deep cleaning. I went to an endodonist and he excluded that the pain comes from those teeth and the gum. He said that grinding could be the reason. Now I use mouth guard bought in a store, but I'm having mixed results. ...Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • Jaw - Condoloyd Process: My condyles are deteriorating. On my right side the bone has deteriorated about an inch. I have been wearing a night gaurd for about a month but have started to have really bad ear aches and headaches. Is this being caused by my bite or is it somthing else? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Air / Gas Bubble under my tooth?: I recently started seeing a new dentist. 2 months ago he did a filling on the lower right and when I left my jawbone and gland/neck hurt for about a week. He said it was unrelated. It hurt where he injected me. Then two weeks ago I went in and had a temp crown put on. He injected me four times. After leaving office I had same pain as on other side only ten times worse. It is unbearable. If I let ibuprofen wear off I cannot open my mouth and it gives me earache and headache and I can't turn my head. Dentist says unrelated. I went to my MD yesterday, who did a CatScan and said there was an air/gas bubble under the tooth. I called dentist and he said never heard of such a thing but whatever it is unrelated to any thing he did. ...Visitor from MN     (answer)

  • Jaw / Neck Pain: I have recently been having left side lower jaw pain. It feels as if the muscles are sore. My neck also feels sore. I have noticed that my bite feels off on the left side. Do you think I could be grinding? ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Jaw Pain related to loose dentures? About 10 years ago I fell and my face hit hard on gravel. I ended up later with teeth dying and getting an upper denture. I am now 50. My problem is I have been working out and lost 35 lbs. My dentures are a little loose, not alot. I am constantly and not realizing but making a sucking motion. All of a sudden I started feeling horrible right jaw pain and a soreness in front of right ear and under. It hurts when I drink anything but water, especially carbonation. ...Visitor from DE     (answer)

  • Lower Jaw Pain: My father is 63 and is a cancer survivor and had extensive chemo and radiation about 20 yrs ago. For the past 3 weeks he has had lower jaw pain from the front to back teeth and describes it as an intense ache. The dentist said it will go away and his teeth are just sensitive. The problem is just getting worse. He has had jaw bone deterioration due to his treatments and has had teeth pulled, etc., but no work on the side that is bothering him. His dentist has done x-rays and nothing shows up out of the ordinary. What could this be? Could this be something specific? Could it be an absess...do they show up on x-rays? ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Corrected underbite related to chronic jaw pain: I am currently 25 years old. Between the ages of 8-13, I had orthodontia to correct a (paternally inherited) underbite. I had six teeth removed, use of a headgear, as well as full-mouth braces. My bite was corrected and has been maintained through the use of a permanent lower retainer (still in place). However, I have subsequently had chronic jaw pain, including clicking. The condition has worsened in the past year, to the point where there are many foods I cannot eat. I also experience daily headaches and jaw pain. My question is: Would orthognathic surgery be implicated for this condition, since I have already had my bite corrected? ...Visitor from MN     (answer)

  • Lower lip / lower jaw pain: My wife, age 56, is experiencing pain on one side of her lower jaw and her lower lip feels "hard". Occasionally has difficulty speaking. She also experiences serious tension/stiffness in her neck. Five years ago she had both lower wisdom teeth removed. Both were difficult extractions, with suspected nerve damage. Tongue swelled about a year ago, but dr. felt it was some sort of (undiagnosed) allergic reaction. Our primary physician is clueless. Dentist says its neurological problem. Neurologist says its a dental problem. ...Visitor from WA     (answer)

  • Jaw Pain after molar treatment: About 2 months ago I had a one piece crown put over the 2 back molars. One molar had a root canal done 2 years. ago. After the first phase of the crown my teeth ached and also my lower jaw. The dentist told me that it would go away when the permanent crown was sealed. It didn't. Now I am seeing another dentist, (endodontist) and he has just completed the first phase of a root canal on one. The toothache and sensitivity has almost gone but the jaw pain continues. What could be causing this pain and can I expect it to eventually go away? Are my back molars supposed to meet with the top molars to have a good bite? It seems that now the only teeth that meet are the eye and front teeth. ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Jaw Pain / nerve: I'm 19 years old and about 4 years ago I developed a pain in my jaw on the left side below my ear and it feels like a little ball when I press my skin. The spot is really tender and hurts even on the slightest touch sometimes. I've noticed over the years that usually on the first bite of whatever I eat, I get a sharp pain in that nerve or whatever it is for several seconds, then it goes away, and its only the first bite, but its tender all day. I don't know what it is. I've had it checked out by one dentist and he said I might need braces, but I feel like I may need a surgery and I know this is something that is not common, what could it be? ...Visitor from LA     (answer)

  • Jaw and Ear Pain: I am 24 years old and for about 1 week my left jaw has been hurting. When I open and close my mouth and now my left ear is hurting. It feels like my mouth is trying to to stick and not want to open anymore. I am in alot of pain and would like to know what do I need to do for this. Should I see a dentist or see my doctor and what do you think it is? ...Visitor from AR     (answer)

  • Jaw pain - electric shock in ear: 5 weeks ago I started having shooting pains in my right ear. I thought it might be an ear infection until about 3 weeks ago when the pain spread to under my ear and jaw. 10 days ago I went to see a doctor and he suggested it might be TMJ syndrome and prescribed Lortabs and Etodolac. Since then the pain has gotten worse and now I have muscle aches and pains all over my body. I have lost a lot of sleep and my patience is wearing thin. My jaw does not hurt when I open or close my mouth, nor does it hurt when I am chewing. When I do eat it, the first bite of food feels like an electrical shock in directly in front of my ear. It is excruciatingly painful, although it only lasts for about 5 seconds. ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Jaw - Ear Pain: I have TMJ and I wear a mouth guard at night. For 2-1/2 weeks now, it feels like my jaw is out of alignment. I'm getting sharp pain in jaw joint and pain in the ear. What next? Do I see my Dentist, a TMJ specialist or a Doctor? I have been taking aleve for inflammation, but it is not helping. ...Visitor from IN     (answer)

  • Pain!: I have been experiencing pain in my jaw for about 2 - 2 1/2 months. Now the pain goes from near my ear down my jaw to the front of my mouth. Now this isn't just an uncomfortable dull pain. The pain near my chin is very sharp and wakes me at night. My dentist doesn't seem to know what's going on and suggested getting my wisdom teeth pulled. I just know that this pain is getting unbearable. I've tried researching, I just want to know what it is. Can anyone come close to explaining it? ...Visitor from NC     (answer)

  • Ear and Jaw pain and Headaches: I been having this problem with my jaw for some years now and it comes and goes. The pain is by my ears, at the end of my jaw line. I don't grind my teeth but I do feel like it wants to pop but it doesn't. I do get headaches and I feel like my jaw will get stuck someday now. It also feels like my jaw is not lined up right. I feel all this by my ears when I open and close my mouth. Please help, I'm not so good with pain and its getting to that point. ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Chronic jaw / head / neck pain: I have struggled with chronic migraine andneck pain for over 8 years. I have tried massage, physical therapy, as well as change in diet. I have been seeing a neurologist for about 3 years and have tried many medications (blood pressure, Lyrica, antidepressants, muscle relaxers, general pain meds, etc) and have found no solid relief besides taking two Celebrex a day (works OK). I went to a local specialist for TMJ and he said he didn't think I had any problems. I also had an MRI (nothing there). Had a splint made which made no difference, as well. I made my own appointment to have my four wisdom teeth removed soon. I am 27. Will this help? Am I missing something? ...Visitor from ND     (answer)

  • Jaw pain: 6 months ago I had a back tooth pulled. I don't numb easily and needed several novacaine injections. The pain afterward for the next 2-3 weeks was intense. Since then it has subsided to a dull ache. My Jaw is always sore and I have developed a "clicking and grinding sound" when I chew or talk for long periods. I had my regular DDS xray the area and he found nothing. Both the Periodontist and the DDS have said it's a nerve issue from the injections and may take up to a year to go away. I'm not sure if I need to go to an MD or resort to accupuncture? I worry there may be an infection as the area seems "hot" sometimes but there is very litle swelling. ...Visitor from WA     (answer)

  • Teeth / Jaw pain: 4 months ago I got a crown on my bottom right eye tooth. It felt a little low but my bite hit ok. A few weeks later it felt odd and it continued to feel like my teeth were subtly shifting. I noticed I was grinding my teeth side to side because it felt odd. A couple weeks ago I got a sharp pain on my bottom left side (rear molar - gold crown). I feel pain under my jaw too (although not directly under sore area). Dentist x-rayed and thinks maybe it's an old root canal that shows a faint root and wants me to see an endodontist. Motrin and eating soft foods help. I worry it's my bite since it already felt odd but my dentist says no. My left side feels swollen so it's hard to tell now. I'm not sure who to see now. ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Swelling - Tetanus Shot: In the past 3 days my jaw started hurting and it has gotten worse. It is hard to open and there is swelling now on both sides of my jaw. I have had a Tetanus shot within the last 5 years, but I am getting worried because the pain and swelling is getting worse. also I don't know of any injures suffered in the past week or two. What is happening? ...Visitor from AL     (answer)

  • Intense Pain: My mouth has hurt for years. I have had 5 teeth removed because of 'mysteriously' cracked teeth after a percussion test. 5 teeth removed but pain is still there. It is by my saliva gland, top front (left). It feels like an infection. Sometimes pain does not present itself othertimes it is jaw dropping painfully shooting through my head. I get sick to stomach, head hurts, light hurts. The pain is similar to what is described with Trigeminal Neuralgia, but it lasts a long time. It hurts sometimes to press on nerve areas of my face. Pain is never 'shocking' rather intense and radiates throughout my mouth but seems to be concentrated on one side. Headaches are towards front. ...Visitor from IN     (answer)

  • Four weeks ago, I had a the first steps for a crown on lower right jaw,second tooth from back. The dentist injected anesthetic and waited for numbness, which never came. So, he injected again, ground the tooth, and put on temporary crown. After 3 days, my jaw on the crown side started becoming very tight, to the point that I cannot open my mouth. It feels like the tendon is really tight. Not only is it painful and difficult to eat, but I simple cannot open my mouth more than abotu 1/2 inch. Since then I've eaten soft foods, avoided stretching the jaw, heat on side of mouth, and went on antibiotics as precaution. It's hard to put a thin crust pizza slice in my mouth. What happened? ...Visitor from TX     (answer)


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