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t. .Ihave a pain on the right side of my jaw when i open my

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t. .Ihave a pain on the right side of my jaw when i open my mouth to yawn or try to eat. there is no pain when i talk but if i rub it it seems to go crack crack crack . it is not red or swollen but eating is painful as i cannot open my mouth very wide, i only had a dental check up 5 days ago & everything was ok, have'nt got to go back for 6months.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
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it sounds like you have inflammation of your TMJ joint

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this is the Temporal mandibular joint which can become inflamed if you grind your teeth or bite down hard frequently.

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this is also called bruxism .

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you can use some ice on your TMJ joint on your face

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and buy a bite guard to wear at night to take pressure off of this joint.

Customer:

how long will this take to remedy& will i need any treatment

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you need to stop grinding your teeth at night time

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and wear the bite guard at night time to take pressure off of your TMJ joint

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and this could help.

Customer:

thank you but how long will the pain remain & do i have to see a doctor or dentist

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you can also use anti-inflammatories such as advil and aleve with food and with plenty of water to help decrease inflammation in the jaw joint.

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it could take several days to take several weeks for the pain to get better.

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you should see your doctor about it.

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and get your jaw examined and confirmed that this is TMJ inflammation.

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