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Hi,

I am going to the dentist tomorrow!
Since 2003 when I took my wisdom teeth out, I since than began to have my jaw clicking every time I open my mouth like yawning or chewing on meats. and now its starting to kind of hurt a bit.
I wanted to ask if anyone had this before and maybe give me some advice on what exactly what to ask the dentist?

Thanks for your time.

Lenita101


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replied January 7th, 2010
Dental Health Answer A8942
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

The jaw clicking every time you open your mouth and while eating, and it beginning to hurt, following a history of tooth extraction, goes in favor of TMJ.

Massaging the muscles helps. You have to press on muscles of the cheek to look for sore points. Then massage these points with short strokes. To massage the masseter muscles on each side of your jaw, place your thumb inside your mouth and squeeze the thick muscle in your cheek with your fingers. To massage the jaw muscles inside your mouth, use your index finger to probe and massage these spots.

Moist heat or cold packs on the face, vitamin supplements, or biofeedback are useful for certain people. Usually people find a method that brings relief by trial and error. Discuss this with the dentist tomorrow. Hope this helps. Take care!



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