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04 Jan 2005

jaw problem
dear doc

for a couple of years now i have this problem with my jaw. it feels like it doesnt fit in its socket properly. as if it's lose or dislocated or something. sometimes it pains, especially if i eat hard things or thingd that require a lot of chewing.

about a year ago i went to a dentist and he mad a plastic bite-guard to keep in my mouth. it was expensive and very awkward, but nonetheless i kept it in for the required (i think it was) three weeks. after that period i went back to him. it hadnt done much for me. he said i would have to wear it indefinitely till my problem is solved. i stopped wearing it.

my jaw is currently very sore. i also cant open my mouth very wide and it is uncomfortable to eat certain things because of this.

what do i do?
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01 Jan 0001

S, it might be due to a host of factors including:
1. Problems of the jaw joint like arthritis
2. Grinding your teeth
3. Referred pain from your sinuses, ear, etc.
4. Parotid gland problems.
5. Tooth problems.
Unfortunately, I can’t narrow it down for you without examining you first, so the best would be to see your doctor or a maxillofacial surgeon. In the meantime, you can try taking a long-acting anti-inflammatory like Brexecam® and see if it helps. If you are interested in some more information on temperomandibular joint disorders you are welcome to mail me at and I’ll cut and paste you something. Good luck.
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