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TMJ or Temporomandibular joint disorder, Pain in the jaw

Dr. Shawn Phelan, D.C.



  1. Ahmed Bin.Nayae

    March 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    thanks a lot doctor, your info is great all the time, even after more than
    one year am a person with TMJ found your helpful video

  2. Shawn Phelan

    May 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    The onset of popping typically goes away on it’s own. However, the one
    sided chewing served to inflame the internal elements of your right
    temporo-mandibular joint. The popping is because of the effusion within the
    joint. It is worse in the morning because you are clenching during the
    night. Do not attempt exercises. You should consider seeing your primary
    care doctor and ask they consider a course of prednisone (Medrol) and you
    should ice the joint externally and consistently for 2 weeks.

  3. Shawn Phelan

    May 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Very good. If problems persist, let us know.

  4. Shawn Phelan

    May 21, 2012 at 11:53 am

    You may be developing Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD). The first
    thing you should do is avoid all firm, chewy foods and eat nothing firmer
    than a ripe banana for 2 weeks. Secondly, apply ice to the outside of the
    jaw on the symptomatic side, 2-3 times per day for the same period of time.
    You should also consider seeing either your dentist or primary care doctor.

  5. Benita Singh

    June 7, 2012 at 1:45 am

    my right jaw is numb and hurts when i open or chew, i have a huge singing
    and acting performance tomorrow ! What should i do ?!

  6. Shawn Phelan

    June 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Yes it is. It appears that the inflammatory cycle is broken. Be careful
    about taking large bites out of firm foods like apples or bagles and use
    ice if symptoms retury.

  7. Shawn Phelan

    June 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    In order to get through your performance, an over the counter
    anti-inflammatory could be considered and an ice pack should be applied to
    the jaw in the are of pain. Once per hour for 20 minutes. The numbness is a
    concern and you should also see your primary care doctor to rule out
    problems other than TMJD following your performance.

  8. Shawn Phelan

    June 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    A couple of questions: is it the joint that feels raised, or that your
    teeth on that side are landing early when you close your jaw — leaving the
    other side separated? Also, does your jaw deviate to one side or the other
    as you open? If you can answer those questions, I can give you a little
    more direction.

  9. Shawn Phelan

    June 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Patients with your symptoms typically have detachment of the intercondylor
    disc. Instead of the disc gliding back and forth, cushioning the TMJ joint,
    it comes free of the condyle and wedged in the front part of the joint.
    That is why you cannot open beyond two fingers and your jaw deviates. A 6
    day Medrol Dose Pack (prednisone) prescribed by a primary care doctor, ice
    over the TMJ and a massage therapist working with the jaw muscles can be
    very, very helpful at this stage. We start there.

  10. Shawn Phelan

    June 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    You’re welcome. Our patients that follow this pathway will also eat only
    soft foods for 3-4 weeks during this process. The should notice a gradual
    improvement in range of motion and a significant reduction in pain. The ice
    should be applied for about a week after the symptoms seem to be resolved.
    Please let us knot if the symtoms do not resolve.

  11. Abu Abdillah

    July 5, 2012 at 3:13 am

    hey my lower teeth is a little to the left from the center and causing a
    gap in the side of my teeth. any help?

  12. Shawn Phelan

    July 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    If the alignment you describe does not involve pain, is long-standing and
    results in your teeth closing together in a different way on one side, you
    should consult with an orthodontist.

  13. Andrew Qualters

    July 26, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Hey, wondering if you could help. I woke up a few days ago with a closed
    jaw lock. The doctor I saw at the hospital was unable to fix it and after
    seeing a specialist they said there was nothing they could physically do
    and that it is a joint problem, that the disk is stuck too far up and that
    with rest it should re-set itself. Is there anything else that can be done.
    It is incredibly frustrating and I can not open my mouth anymore than about
    a 1cm. It’s just on the right side. Thanks.

  14. Shawn Phelan

    July 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Aside from the displacement of the disc, the enemy is inflammation and
    swelling within the joint. Initial care should be use of a cold pack, once
    per hour for 20 minutes over symptomatic side and steroidal
    anti-inflammatories is the most direct treatment. You should see your
    primary care doctor and request a Medrol dose pack. The opening is likely
    to return gradually. It is best to avoid hard, chewy foods until range of
    motion is normal and pain free.

  15. Osirisavath

    July 30, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Hello , Dr , I want you to know that you are most excellent Dr, who really
    explained to us very clearly and to make us to understand what cause this
    pain . You are # 1 Teacher and Wonderfull Dr, that I’m so appreciated of
    times and knowledge you share with buplic . Thanks a millions !

  16. islamicangel95

    October 28, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Hi. Please can you help me! I have been having this problem for just under
    a year now and i am 17 yrs old. My face is literally alwaysin pain and my
    jaw is constantly clicking and feels tight. I constantly have earaches and
    headaches and do not know what to do! Please help me!

  17. koolcid2598

    April 3, 2013 at 12:37 am

    my right jaw always pops and clicks when i open and close my mouth but it
    has no relevance to my teeth. Im 15 and this has been going on for about 6
    months and my family said it will go away. it has deteriorated greatly
    since it started for me but it flares up every now and then. Is there any
    method I can use to help this? it doesnt hurt, but it does bother me
    somewhat, just not in a painful way, how did this happen? can someone help
    me out

  18. hogueguy

    May 10, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Very informative, and I like that you addressed the problem from every
    angle. I’ve long suspected my pain was from my uneven bite. I guess I need
    to see an orthodontist…alas.

  19. Katherine M. Sadler

    September 11, 2014 at 8:51 am

    You are able to get rid of tmj permanently in less than 1-2 months in a
    natural way

  20. MegaRichie10

    April 19, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    i have a probleem where i can’t open my mouth wider then 3 fingers any
    suggestions ???

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