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hi my jaw is really achy and stif it gets worse throughout the day to the point were i cant eat or talk it sometimes even affects my spch i went to see a dentist who sed all my teeth were fin but my jaw was not aligned proerly, iam waiting to see a specialist, i dont chew gum never have done but i have arthritus in my lgs could it of spread? am going to ned surgery??

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replied October 7th, 2009
Dental Health Answer A7478
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If your jaw is achy and it pains to eat and talk, you could be having tempormandibular joint arthritis. It could also be the regular TMJ disorders which are a part of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus. Poor fitting dentures, removal of teeth, non-replacement of missing teeth, and improper dental restoration can all cause your jaws to be achy.
By now you must have consulted the specialist and must be fine. However if the symptoms are persisting then you can discuss these possibilities with your doctor. Hope this helps. Take care!

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