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Painful jaw, unable to chew or open mouth wide, tension in neck. What is wrong?


I experience bad pain my my jaw on a frequent basis and it is something I have put up with for a long time now. It can get to the point when I am unable to open my mouth wide / chew food etc. It pretty much locks.

I am also experiencing a tension in my neck. Almost as though someone is grabbing me by the neck and I have had this now for a few months. I was wondering whether the pain from my jaw could in anyway be connected to my neck problem?
Asked On : Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Hello and welcome.

Thanks for writing your query.

Pain and difficulty in opening the mouth are the sings of Temporomandibular joint problems.

TMJ problems may arise due to altered biting habits may lead to pain in front of ears. This makes mouth opening, biting and swallowing difficult.

Teeth grinding habit often alters the biting habit and leads to occlusal disharmony.

Exact diagnosis can be made only after clinical examination. So please visit a dentist and get the evaluation done.

You may need an OPG radiograph done for you, which will help in ruling out the problem. Accordingly treatment can be planned.

i hope this helps ,

take care.
Answered: Tue, 9 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Hello and welcome to hcm,

Difficulty in mouth opening may be due to-
Temperomandibular joint dislocation.
Impacted wisdom tooth which has infected.
Oral habits like continuous tobacco/pan chewing resulting in stiffness of mucosa.
I would suggest you to get a thorough check up done by a dentist.
Based on the cause of jaw pain ,it has to be treated.
Meanwhile,avoid mouth opening too widely,over-stress has to be limited.
Impacted teeth if present ,has to be removed.
Discontinue using tobacco.
Hope this helps.
Answered: Tue, 9 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Pain in the jaw and difficulty in mouth opening can be due to Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, jaw injury, bruxism can make one suseptible to such disorders.

Get a clinical evaluation done by a Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.
Take an OPG x-ray, depending upon which treatment will be decided.

Pain in the neck can (radiating pain) be due to dental problems.
Apply cold packs externally over the affected area.
Eat soft diet.
Maintain a good oral hygiene, use antiseptic mouthwash gargles twice daily.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
Dear friend.

Thanks for sharing your concern.

your history suggests that you have developed oral sub mucous fibrosis.

sometimes disturbances with TMJ functioning also leads to restricted mouth opening.

here i would suggest to make an early visit to your dentist and get clinically evaluated soon.

treatment can be started only after exact diagnosis through biopsy of the lesion.

also take an OPG for your TMJ.

hope this helps.

take care.
Answered: Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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