Jaw pain getting worse

Hi All,

Im a fairly fit 35 year old male. Recently I have been experiencing increasing pain from Jaw. My jaw has always been a little dodgy, the left side (where pain is) has sometimes locked in the past and generally makes a funny noise If i open and close rapidly. Recently my jaw has really tightened up to the pint where its a struggle to open my mouth to eat. I cannot bite into anything with my front teeth anymore, and the tension has started to feed into my neck and skull.

i found this interesting article dailymail.co.uk/health/arti...

Was looking for best way to combat this issue.

I was going to start with a mouth splint to stop me from clenching my jaw.

7 Replies

  • Go see a dentist. Who will advise you or refer you to a dental hospital. Whatever you do DONT try to self treat by buying one of those boil in the bag type gum shields from the chemist or Internet. As yes I am in the dental profession

  • I saw my dentist. She just offered a gum guard.

  • Hate to say it but if this is what she recommended, that's what you need to try. She is the expert. Have you tried it?

  • Research - trigeminal neuralgia just in case x

  • It's sounds like Tempromandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD). I have it and it's really painful! Please go to your GP and ask for a referral to an Oral/Maxilliary specialist for assessment. They should be able to make you a proper splint for your teeth to help with the grinding etc. (Look in the mirror, stick your tongue out and if it has scalloped sides to it then it's a sign you grind your teeth).

    I have botox injections every 3-4 months which have made a tremendous difference to my quality of life. I still get pain and it can be pretty painful but nothing to what I experienced prior to starting the treatment.

    It was while having an assessment with the Oral/Max consultant that someone actually confirmed the suspicions I'd had for years ie I had Fibromyalgia. It was due to that appointment that my GP finally sent me to see a Rheumatologist.

  • I had really good advice from my dentist about how to unlock my jaw when it got really tight (and it wasn't the way I would have thought to do it). Dentists can also usually arrange xrays or MRIs of the jaw if they think you need something done about it.

  • I have this as well came on after a tooth extraction but all they will offer me is a gum sheild to wear at night and I cannot sleep with it so just have to put up with the pain :(

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