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What Causes Pain And Gritty Sound While Moving Mouth?

I have had pain when opening my mouth on the left side for about 4 or 5 months.It seems to be getting worse. Now I have a gritty sound when moving my mouth back and forth. I do aloso get occasional headaches from all of this. What could this be and who should I see?
Mon, 22 Sep 2014
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Dentist, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 's  Response
Thanks for your query, I have gone through your query.
The pain, clicking sounds, limited mouth opening could be because of the bruxism and malocclusion leading to disc displacement in the Temporomandibular joint.
Consult a oral physician and get it diagnosed, you might have to take radiographs like TMJ views and MRI done to confirm the diagnosis. You can take anti inflammatory drugs like piroxicam 20mg twice daily on first day and twice daily on next 6 days. You can also take muscle relaxants like chlorzoxazone. You can give hot fomentation over the joints. Do not eat hard things, do not open your mouth too wide. take soft diet.
I hope my answer will help you, take care.
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What Causes Pain And Gritty Sound While Moving Mouth?

Thanks for your query, I have gone through your query. The pain, clicking sounds, limited mouth opening could be because of the bruxism and malocclusion leading to disc displacement in the Temporomandibular joint. Consult a oral physician and get it diagnosed, you might have to take radiographs like TMJ views and MRI done to confirm the diagnosis. You can take anti inflammatory drugs like piroxicam 20mg twice daily on first day and twice daily on next 6 days. You can also take muscle relaxants like chlorzoxazone. You can give hot fomentation over the joints. Do not eat hard things, do not open your mouth too wide. take soft diet. I hope my answer will help you, take care.