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Having pain in jaw and ear. Treated for cavity. Hurts while yawning and eating. Any ideas?

I have a pain on the right side of my jaw which also makes my ear painful too, I have been to my dentist and he did treat a cavity on that side but said that it was not bad enough to be causing the jaw pain. It only hurts when I yawn, eat or jut my jaw forward this one is the most painful and I cannot clench my teeth on the right either, any ideas?
Asked On : Wed, 4 Jul 2012
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Dentist 's  Response
Hello, as per your description it seems to be some problem regarding jaw joints.. as you stated your doc was convinced that the pain is not from cavity in tooth that side..causes of pain includes your joint related muscles are having acute spasm, your articular disc is grinding against neuro bundles on movement of joint, trauma to joint..
please consult an ENT surgeon for ear problem as it may also cause inflammation in joint..
meanwhile- i advise you to have soft diet, restrict your mouth opening to smaller extent, have some muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory meds.. do hot fomentation of joints and its related muscles..
apply muscle relaxant gel on muscles of jaws..
if your pain doesnt subside in next 7 days, then few radiographs- TMJ open n closed are required and you need to consult oral medicine specialist for further treatment.. he may advise you soft night guards to prevent trauma to joint , or give irrigation to joint for reducing inflammmation..
take care..
Answered: Mon, 9 Jul 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Rahul's  Response
Most likely it is due to some myalgia or myositis.You can take some muscle relaxant & antiinflammatory combination for 3-4 days with hot fomentation,this will relief you.
Answered: Wed, 4 Jul 2012
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Dentist Dr. Latif's  Response
hi dear
there may be a number of reasons for this, it can be muscle spasm, an acute exposure of pulp, or any other hidden cavity in the inter dental spaces, the best solution is to go for a dentist check up. regards.
Answered: Fri, 6 Jul 2012
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