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my jaw hurts when i open my mouth wide like to eat a hamburger

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my jaw hurts when i open my mouth wide like to eat a hamburger or something of that size. i press on it and can feel where it hurts. it feels like it is in the joint. what can i do to fix this? it also started all of a sudden and it doesnt hurt other than opening my mouth to eat
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Dr. Alex replied 3 years ago.

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Great question, let me help you.

DR. ALEX :

You are having inflammation in the TMJ, this is causing this pain

DR. ALEX :

It can be from trauma, or grinding/clenching your teeth at night

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The treatment is to place a warm compress on the jaw for 15 min three times a day

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Additionally, massage the jaw joint during these warm compress sessions

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Also, take 600 mg ibuprofen each day for 1 week b/c it is an anti-inflammatory, it will reduce inflammation in the TMJ

DR. ALEX :

Finally, if you feel like you may be grinding/clenching, buy a 'boil and bite' night guard from Wal Mart and begin wearing it at night to eliminate future TMJ issues

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Thanks in advance for clicking accept

Customer:

I did not except because I could not see the answer. now that i have read it and it makes sence i will accept

Customer:

thank you

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