Pain upon opening the mouth can be a symptom of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, according to WebMD. This common condition is also called TMJ, though that acronym more accurately refers to the jaw joint itself.Know More
The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull, according to WebMD. It is a hinge joint that allows the jaw to move up and down as well as side to side. Problems with the joint and the facial muscles that control it are thought to cause discomfort and other associated symptoms.
Other symptoms of TMD include head, neck, facial and ear pain; headaches; a jaw that pops, grinds or clicks when opening the mouth or chewing; swelling on the affected side; and a jaw that locks into position or is difficult to open, says eMedicineHealth.
Trauma, such as a blow to the jaw or injury due to a car accident, as well as damage that occurs due to jaw clenching or teeth grinding, are common causes of TMD, notes eMedicineHealth. So are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Treatment of TMD includes the use of ice, heat and gentle massage to relax the muscles around the joint; eating soft foods; and utilizing over-the-counter NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen, to reduce inflammation, states the Cleveland Clinic. Muscle relaxers and anti-anxiety medications may be suggested. A mouth guard or splint may also be prescribed. Ultrasound, radio and TENS therapy can also help. Surgery is a last resort.Learn more about Muscles
Oral B states that getting braces does not hurt, but the process can create soreness in the mouth and teeth that can persist for up to a week. To mediate soreness, braces wearers can eat soft foods and use over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.Full Answer >
Pain that results from skin being touched could be caused by several medical conditions according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, including shingles, neuralgia, diabetes pain and sunburn. Other causes can be chemical burns, infections, trauma, nerve pressure, allergies or a reaction to some medication.Full Answer >
Rabies symptoms in dogs include a loss of appetite, a change in normal behavior, consistent aggressive behavior such as barking, growling or attempting to bite or attack other animals, people or objects, foaming at the mouth or choking, the mouth hanging open or paralysis of the jaw and throat muscles. There are three phases of the illness: the prodromal, furious and paralytic phases.Full Answer >
According to the Better Health Channel, symptoms of an infected wisdom tooth are a reddened, inflamed gum near the wisdom tooth; pain; pus along the gum line; enlarged and sore lymph glands under the jaw, fever; and difficulty in swallowing and opening the mouth. An impacted wisdom tooth or food and bacteria between the wisdom tooth and molar can lead to gum infections and tooth decay.Full Answer >