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Right Jaw Pain (TMJ) Jaw arthritis

Over view:
Right jaw pain is a condition that can come from a problem with the soft tissues or it can come from the bone.
It can be a sign of injury or it can be suggestive of an underlying condition. This is why it is highly important to seek out the help of specialized personnel and identify the exact cause.

Symptoms:
These are the most common symptoms that accompany the right jaw pain:
-Headache.
-Nausea.
-Vertigo.
-Popping/clicking jaw sounds.
-Tenderness to the touch (front of the ear).
Pain can radiate into other parts of the head (such as ear tube).
-The patient can have difficulties in performing day to day operations, such as chewing or even talking.
-Inflammation.
-Bruising (when trauma is involved).
-Dental abnormalities (trauma).
-Numbness (nerve affectation).
-Neck pain can also be present in some cases (bruxism).
-Tooth pain.
-Tooth destruction (premature wear).
-Excessive clenching (tooth fracture).
-The pain can come in sharp attacks (trigeminal neuralgia).
- Sensitivity to wind or cold temperatures – if the patient suffers from trigeminal neuralgia, even the slightest gust of wind is capable of triggering the other symptoms.
-Congestion (infection of the sinuses).
-Drainage eliminated from the sinuses (infection).

Causes:
- Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder (TMD): the main cause of jaw pain.
- Disorders of the temporomandibular joint.
- Often caused by excessive chewing of gums, and Pain go along with inflammation or irritation.  .
- Trauma/injury to the jaw.
- Pain is accompanied by bruising of the area.
- The jaw can be fractured or dislocated.
- Bruxism.
- Patients brux and have Teeth grinding often during sleep.
- Arthritis of the jaw.
- Wear and tear mechanism.
- Pain with some symptoms, loss of movement, difficulty chewing and talking.
- Dental issues.
- Frequent complaint.
- Pain is accompanied by inflammation.
- Difficult in chewing as the regular mobility of jaw can be affected .
-Trigeminal neuralgia.
- Trigeminal nerve irritation (with its branches 3) ,Main causes: inflammation, irritation or nerve trauma, Easily triggered by wind or air currents
- Sinus issues : Most common – infection of the sinuses, Often involved – maxillary sinus

Other causes :
- Bad habits .
- Biting nails.
- Sucking one’s thumb.
- Object chewing.

Treatment
These are the most common methods of treatment for right jaw pain:
- Pain relieving medication .
- Ibuprofen.
- Acetaminophen.
- Night splints .
- Prevent excessive teeth grinding.
- Muscle relaxers.
- Steroids.
Can be applied in more severe cases
But Not recommended for long  periods of time, because they can have serious consequences on one’s health.
-Gradual retreat from the treatment is indicated, to avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
- Steroid injections are recommended in patients with severe inflammation of the jaw (arthritis).

In case of fracture:
- Fracture contention with plates/screws/wires.
- Jaw immobilization.

Open fracture – surgery:
- Indicated in complicated or chronic cases of jaw arthritis .
- Performed by oral surgeon/dentist.
- Help to improve mobility and eliminate the pain felt in the right jaw.

In case of bruxism:
- Stress management therapy.
- Muscle relaxers.
- Antidepressants.
- Night splints (from the dental office) – teeth protection.

Treatment for dental problems :
- The dentist might also decide to prescribe antibiotics, to eliminate bacterial infections.
- Teeth realignment can solve the problem of right jaw pain especially in children .

In case of trigeminal neuralgia.
- Pain relieving medication.
- Narcotic medication.
- Antidepressants.
- Anticonvulsants.
- Nerve decompression surgery (for complicated or chronic cases).

In case of sinus problems:
- Cold medication.
- Decongestants.
- Nose passage irrigation – saline spray.
- Corticosteroid spray.
- Inflammation reduction.
- Helps with the elimination of mucus.
- Surgery – options for serious cases.

Right Jaw Pain (TMJ) Jaw arthritis Reviewed by Tpdsm on September 09, 2017 Rating: 5

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