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Experiencing discomfort in jaw. mild ache. What can be done?

Over the last few weeks I have experienced discomfort in the right side of my jaw in as much that when I open my mouth the jaw feels as though there is something that has to flick out of the way and sometimes it cracks, this is quite uncofortable.
Last night the discomfort woke me and I noticed that the right side of my face felt as if it had got a pins and needles sensation together with my tongue.
Although my face and ear are now uncomfotable like a mild ache the tip of my tongue is still tingly, any ideas or suggestions?
Asked On : Sun, 14 Apr 2013
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Hello dear
Your condition seems to be related to bruxism i.e. grinding your teeth in sleep.this condiion hurts your jaw joint infront of your ear and if get more severe can compress your adjecent nerves and you might feel tingling or needle prick sensation in mouth. This condiion is basically related to stress and excess workout in gym. So just be relaxed, start meditation for atleast 10 minutes daily, have lukewarm milk before sleep,, and start taking OTC available muscle relaxants or painkillers twice daily .If possible do warm compressions from outside on area in front of your ear.wait for one week if feel relaxed then continue this for 1 month otherwise see your dentist.
Answered: Mon, 15 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
Dear friend.

Thanks for sharing your concern.

The discomfort on right side of your face is due to vitamin deficiency especially vitamin B deficiencyand anemia.

you can start vitamin B complex for one month,simultaneously get a routine blood examination done .

with reports you can visit your physician for further advise in this regard.

Hope it helps.


Take care.
Answered: Sun, 14 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Discomfort and pain in the jaw can be due to Temporomandibular joint disorders, neurological disorders, if you are having habit of clenching and grinding of teeth, or some infected tooth in the oral cavity can lead to reffered pain in the jaw.

I would suggest you to visit to an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and get a checkup done,
Take an OPG radiograph to look for any abnormalities in TMJ.

TMJ disfunction can also leads to pain around ears, tenderness in the jaw,and can lead to difficulty in mouth opening and chewing. Also check for any neurological disorders.

If there is presence of any oral infections like infected tooth get it treated.
Take tab combiflam 500mg for pain relief.
Eat soft diet, relief stress if any.
Maintain a good oral hygiene, use antiseptic mouthwash gargles twice daily.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Sun, 14 Apr 2013
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