An Inconvenient Tooth
January 7, 2010 4:47 AM Subscribe
My jaw muscles and cheeks have been getting progressively tighter and more painful for weeks now. What is going on?
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo to health & fitness (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
For the past 6-8 weeks my jaw has been extremely sore on both sides (top and bottom muscles). It started as mild discomfort that would only present itself later in the day, but for the past several days the pain has been constant and intense.
Back in August I had a root canal on my second molar. My dentists has assured me, however, that my bite is fine and that the procedure was a success.
I have, however, been under a great deal of stress for the past couple of months (pregnant wife, new baby, promotion at work, etc.). Working under the assumption that I was possibly grinding my teeth at night I visited my dentist for a night bite guard. A few weeks of wearing it while I sleep has yielded no results. In fact, the discomfort has risen.
I try to relax my mouth during the day but that doesn't help. It has gotten to the point now where both opening and closing my mouth to varying degrees is proving difficult. Chewing and even talking is becoming an exercise in pain tolerance.
What could be going on? My dentist assures me that I have no infection. Any ideas as to what may be causing this and how to prevent it? I'm also unsure as to whether this is an issue for a dentist or a doctor to be dealing with.