Post # 1
I was shocked this morning when I opened my mouth to brush my teeth. When I widened my mouth I had such a sharp pain/soreness on the left side of my mouth. It’s SO odd. It isn’t a tooth pain (i have sensitive teeth and am used to the feeling of some pain in my teetch), but it almost feels like it’s somewhere in the area of where I got my wisdom teeth out. I poked around in there and pressed down on the widsom teeth sites, and it didn’t really hurt. But when I widen my mouth…omg. So painful. It feels more muscular in my face/very back part of my jaw.
Has ANYONE experienced this?? Could I have been clenching my teeth last night and not known it? Is something wrong? Ugggh it hurts.
Post # 3
Clenching and grinding will do it, as it is most often brought on by stress but can be exacerbated by other things. Had any recent dental work done? The body will try and make any ‘adjustments’ on its own, such as a high spot in a filling or a cracked or broken cusp on a tooth to try to smooth it down.
Even opening your mouth too wide or yawning can pop the joint out of its socket and cause a lot of pain. Don’t play with it, and take some tylenol and watch what you eat today. Try for a soft diet where you need to do little chewing. No hard rolls or candy!
If it continues for more than a few days, make an appt. with your dentist. You may need an appliance to redirect your jaw’s positioning and to relax those posterior muscles.
Post # 4
Sounds like TMJ. Locked Jaw.
Post # 5
Just a thought- did you eat something that could have gotten stuck between 2 teeth?
I made the mistake last Christmas of eating too much jerky and a piece got stuck between two of my back teeth. I brushed and flossed, etc, so I assumed there was nothing in my teeth. One day like a week later, I woke up and my entire left side of face was completely swollen! The stupid piece of jerky had lodged itself right up there and caused an infected abscess. No lie, I felt like I’d broken my jaw. My dentist had to give me morphine to make the pain go away. And it was a pain like you described. No particular tooth hurt, it was this dull pain everywhere that got worse when I opened my mouth.
So maybe it’s something awful like that?
Post # 6
@yearns4god: OMG. I think that may be it. I just read about it….jeeez. Cannot catch a break, I swear. Any advice on the best way to remedy it?
@the_future_mrs: that’s actually happened to me as well!! This pain is different…it’s more muscular and not sharp and tooth-centric, if that makes sense. I’ve also had raelly sharp tooth pain after a sinus infection, which I know can happen, but this is very much in the jaw join region. UGH!!!
@ItWasntMe: I’ve not had any dental work recently. I do feel a bit of a popping, and the pain is mild when I clench my teeth together. When I open my mouth wide…omg. That’s where the pain is.
Post # 7
I agree, you could be clenching in your sleep and not realize it. This happens to me every once in a while. Most likely stress induced. YOu could get a mouth guard for a couple bucks if you think it would help
Post # 8
@MrsDrRose612: Don’t stretch it or keep moving it around. It isn’t necessarily TMJ and can be temporary, and if it was locked you wouldn’t be able to open it at all more than an inch. If it continues for more than a few days, your dentist can pop it back into place by putting deep pressure on the tissue pads behind the wisdom tooth area. For now you can try warm compresses and Tylenol and brush your teeth very carefully while not opening very wide.
If you really can’t take it, call him sooner and let him decide on the best course of treatment. They’d have to take impressions and make you a nightguard that you’ll have to wear either only at bedtime or sometimes during the day until it calms down.
Post # 9
I’ve clenched my jaw while sleeping before and woke up in discomfort/pain. 🙁
Post # 10
Sounds like TMJ or irritation of the TMJ muscle.
I had that happen to me before. Took about a week and a half to 2 weeks to completely release.
Usually caused by stress and tooth grinding/clenching at night.
I took ibuprofen and massaged the muscle a bit (when I could handle it). I’d also gently stretch my jaw. Just to the point before it started to hurt.
I’m not sure if any of that helped, but it ended up going away in about a week and a half to 2 weeks.
Post # 11
Thanks—what I’ve read so far about TMJ or lock jaw is that it (thankfully) has home remedies. I have neither the time nor the mental capacity to have to deal with the dentist right now. I will be resting my jaw and doing the warm compress/tylenol (and luckily I have some muscle relaxers at home that I may have to get into tonight…) and hopefully it will release a bit.
So, I shouldn’t stretch, even gently? I just read that gentle stretches and moving the jaw slowly and carefully side to side can help. But if I should just not move it, I can do that too!
Post # 12
@MrsDrRose612: When I had it I felt like the gentle stretching/moving helped, but I’m not a doctor (and didn’t go to a doctor) so I cannot say for sure if it actually helped.
I only stretched it very gently though, as soon as it started to hurt I’d scale back the stretch.
Post # 13
Here’s some good information about what may be happening. Good luck and hope you feel better soon!
By The Way….really no stretching, as it will cause more symptoms until you know exactly what you’re dealing with.
Post # 14
Chiropractors really helped me out with my tmj when my jaw pops out of place. Sometimes I try to massage it back into place myself. Also eating soft foods and putting a warm or cold compress on the area can help. Aleve is also very helpful if it doesn’t upset your stomach. Feel better!