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Anxiety, infected tooth, tightness in the cheek while moving jaw. Reason?

Hello, I am 15 years old and I suffer from anxiety . I also suffer from an infected tooth . Anyway, my cheeks feel tight, if I move my jaw, smile, or laugh too much, I start feeling pressure. Also, my ears feel clogged. My mom tells me not to think about it but how can I ignore an uncomfortable feeling? It s honestly driving me insane that I don t know what it is. Can it be from my infected molar? It doesn t hurt anymore, and I haven t got it treated in almost a year. Then again, maybe I might be stressed? Please help me. I ve been feeling this for almost a month. Thank you.
Asked On : Mon, 6 Aug 2012
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Dentist, Prosthodontics 's  Response
Anxiety and stress are major factors in bruxism ie: unintentional clenching of teeth. infected tooth can cause pain or even discomfort in the jaw but the tightness in your cheek and pressure in your jaw and ears maybe due to the stressful, repeated clenching of teeth. this problem can be solved by wearing a dental appliance called mouth gaurrd or night gaurd. I would advice you to visit your dentist and discuss your symptoms as they can be treated and should not be ignored.
Answered: Mon, 6 Aug 2012
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Dentist, Periodontics Dr. Avinash BS's  Response

With the details provided by you say that you have anxiety as well as infected tooth. Anxiety is one of the cause for bruxism (clenching your teeth while in sleep) which would tense your jaw muscles and also the temporomandibular joint. Infected tooth can result in pain and discomfort, but the nature of discomfort which you are suffering is not likely to be because of that infected tooth. however infected tooth has to be treated, you cant leave it alone. Visit a dentist, he will let you know whether you are suffering from bruxism or if infected tooth is causing the discomfort. There are various treatment modalities for treating bruxism which includes reducing anxiety and wearing of a appliance. Do visit dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Answered: Tue, 7 Aug 2012
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