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Why Does My Jaw Suddenly Hurt

Why does my jaw suddenly hurt?

It sounds like you may have myospasm of the jaw muscles beginning to develop as a result of subconscious clenching during the day as well as while asleep. Try this to see if your condition improves and if it does then you need to see a dentist to have an appliance made. Make sure you do not have a TMJ problem first by inserting your pinkies into your ear canals with the soft part facing forward and opening and closing. If you feel clicking then you have a TMJ disorder and that is a whole different ball game. If you do not feel clicking, then do the following - develop the habit of not allowing your teeth to touch except while eating/chewing. Start by stopping what you are doing every 15 minutes to see if your teeth are touching. If they are, then separate them. Do this for about a week and then increase the time to every 30 minutes, then after another week increase to every hour until you get to the point where your teeth are apart all the time when you are not eating. If you drive be especially aware that most people clench or have their teeth together while driving. Clenching can cause the muscles that open and close the mouth to be hyperactive and this can cause pain those muscles. If this works for you then you will need an appliance made to be worn at bedtime that will allow the teeth to slide freely while asleep instead of being clamped tightly together causing muscle problems. Remember the phrase "lips together teeth apart."

Why does my jaw suddenly hurt?

Okay, so I've always been able to crack my jaw, and sometimes, and I mean rarely, when I try to open my mouth my jaw gets stuck and I have to crack it to open it. But lately my left side of my jaw hurts, but it feels like it's at the joint. If I open it too fast it hurts, and if I eat something hard like skittles it hurts. I haven't gotten my wisdom teeth out yet, and I've had braces before.

I could relate with your pain, I’ve experienced it like 3–4 times last year and I was terrified at first because I thought that this was a heart attack, but then I regulate my breathing and somehow the pain disappeared.Once, I tried to test how badly the pain is. I inhaled slowly and when I felt the pain, I tried to continue inhaling and the pain keep increasing as I kept inhaling. At one point, the pain becoming so sharp like my chest area was being stabbed with a needle. Then after that, the pain slowly disappeared and I could breath normally again without feeling pain. It was very weird, but then I tried to conclude that maybe this happened because at that time I spent so many hours sitting around in front of my computer.Since that day, I tried to not spend many hours sitting around in front of my computer and I’ve never felt it again.So, based on my experience, I guess the reason it happened because our bodies couldn’t handle sitting around for a long period of time.

Why do my jaw muscles hurt when I eat suddenly eat something sour if I haven't eaten anything in a while?

Sour foods are sour because of strong acids. Some parts of the mouth lead directly to the bloodstream (almost instantly). The rapid introduction of food acids into the bloodstream cause nerve receptors in the jaw to trigger and the jaw locks briefly as a bodily response.

Jaw hurts on one side why ?

Unfortunately, the most common cause of this is often overlooked. While you could have other things going on, the most common cause is a neck/head misalignment.

If you head is misaligned with the neck then the head actually sits crooked on the neck. This causes one of the sides of your head to actually be sitting higher than the other side. As a result, your jaw compensates in order to be level. As a result, it tightens one side of the jaw and loosens the other. The side that it tightens is usually the one that hurts. This also causes grinding of the teeth and other jaw related problems.

In order to correct this, go see a chiropractor. They specialize in realigning your head and neck.

I wish you the best.

My jaw suddenly really hurts; it hurts to eat, chew, and open my mouth.?

It's likely your right side TMJ (temporal mandibular joint) that's been "bruised." There can be many different causes, including stress, clenching, grinding, lower jaw leaning on hand during sleep which could have stretched the ligament out of position. For now take try to give that joint a rest. DO NOT open too wide on a yawn, chew gum or eat hard crunchy things (nuts, carrot sticks, etc). Hopefully it's a temporary thing and will get better in a few days. From now on stay careful, as it can be recurring.

The side of my jaw hurts all of a sudden...?

It may be TMD. TMD = Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

"Temporomandibular Disorders (TMJD), commonly called TMJ, are a collection of poorly understood conditions characterized by pain in the jaw and surrounding tissues and limitations in jaw movements. Injury and conditions that routinely affect other joints in the body, such as arthritis, also affect the temporomandibular joint. One or both joints may be affected in people with TMJD, which can affect a person's ability to speak, eat, chew, swallow, make facial expressions, and even breathe."

"Pain is the most common symptom of TMJ Disorders. TMJ pain is often described as a dull ache in the jaw joint and nearby areas, including the ear, which comes and goes. Some people, however, report no pain, but still have problems using their jaws.

Other symptoms can include:

Pain in the neck and shoulders
Migraine and/or chronic headache
Jaw muscle stiffness
Limited movement or locking of the jaw
Painful clicking, popping or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
A bite that feels "off'
Ear pain, pressure, and/or ringing in the ears
Decreased hearing
Dizziness and vision problems

NOTE: Jaw noises unaccompanied by pain or decreased mobility do not mean you have a TMJ problem.

Keep in mind that occasional discomfort in the jaw joint or chewing muscles is common, and is not always a cause for concern. Certain TMJ sufferers get better without treatment. Often the problem goes away on its own in several weeks to months. However, if the pain is severe and lasts more than a few weeks, see your healthcare provider."


This is only one possibility. It may be something else, so I would definitely go to my doctor and have it checked out. I had TMJD and it is annoying, but easily dealt with.

Anxiety……..I suggest you go to your nearest small airport, most have an FBO, Fixed base operator, and ask for a flight instructor. Inform him that you would like to fly for one hour preferably in a Cessna 152 or 172 with you in the left seat. Flight instructors normally fly from the right seat. He will have total control at all times. A good instructor will praise you for everything you do correctly and suggest and demonstrate how to correct the things you did wrong. Caution….Flying may become addictive.

My guess is TMJ-but I’m not a doctor nor do I play one……TMJ, aka Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is a disfunction in the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. Jaw and ear pain are classic symptoms of TMJ.The usual suggestion is an OTC analgesic such as Tylenol, Advil or Naproxin Sulfate..or even plain old aspirin if you're a purist.You can find a heap of information, more than I want to key in on my cell phone, by Googleing TMJ.I fond the http://Medicinenet.com site very helpful.Of course all the sites refer your to your doctor and/or dentist for actual diagnosis and potential cures.My husband had TMJ and he wore a mouth guard that was supposed realigned his jaw at night, so they said. He wore it for 5 years and it never helped him much. YMMV.