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Jaw Pain

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  • Posted By: hammartm33
  • July 23, 2010
  • 02:23 PM

The left side of my jaw hurts when I open my mouth or move it side to side. It is only on the back left hand hand side where the mandible attaches to the remainder of the skull. When I go to eat a meal, the first couple times i open my mouth it is painful and then the pain decreases making me think it is a muscle of ligament problem. I went to the dentist a month ago and had no sign of cavities so I doubt it to be a dental problem. I just woke up one morning about a week ago and it was like this. Any suggestions?

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  • Sounds like you may have an issue known as TMJ disorder What is the temporomandibular joint?The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the area directly in front of the ear on either side of the head where the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible) meet. Within the TMJ, there are moving parts that allow the upper jaw to close on the lower jaw. This joint is a typical sliding "ball and socket" that has a disc sandwiched between it. The TMJ is used throughout the day to move the jaw, especially in biting and chewing, talking, and yawning. It is one of the most frequently used joints of the body.The temporomandibular joints are complex and are composed of muscles, tendons, and bones. Each component contributes to the smooth operation of the TMJ. When the muscles are relaxed and balanced and both jaw joints open and close comfortably, we are able to talk, chew, or yawn without pain.
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