Jaw Pain – What’s the Cause?

jawpainDear Doctor,

A week ago I was horsing around with my brother when I fell on the right side of my chin. It didn’t seem so bad at the time and the emergency rom sent me home. My left jaw joint still really hurts, I can barely move my jaw and I can’t quite seem to get my teeth to fit together. What should I do?

Dear Jeremy,

Well, first off you really should see your dentists without delay. He/She will need to do a proper examination in order to assess the situation directly. If necessary he/she will then send you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and diseases of the jaw).

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