Where Should I Go To Consult For A Sore Jaw?

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This year, I can’t open my mouth wide, my jaw sometimes sounds when I chew … lately my jaw is sometimes a bit sore..I’ve had an X-ray. And the results are TDK. There are problems with my teeth and gums … the doctor then referred me to a specialist surgeon. mouth and teeth. My question is where should I consult? Is it to a dentist and mouth or an orthopedist? Because what I feel is the muscles around my jaw and ears are also a bit sore..please advise immediately..thanks

1 Answer:

Good afternoon, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. To be able to chew and speak normally, proper joint movement of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is required. The TMJ connects your lower jaw to the skull, allowing a person to make open and close movements of the mouth. The disorder you describe with jaw sounding when chewing, pain when opening your mouth wide, could be due to the following possibilities:

Injury to the chewing muscles
Inflammation of the jaw joints, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis

Fracture or fracture
Temporomandibular joint disorder


To be able to find out, it requires examination by a specialist. And to determine which specialist is right, is actually also not a simple matter because this is a condition that can be said to intersect with each of these experts. This should be handled by a specialist oral surgeon because it involves the arrangement of the mouth, namely the jaw, it should also be handled by an orthopedic / bone doctor because this involves the jawbone, and it is not even wrong to go to an ENT doctor because this pain could come from from ear infections, and based on the fact that ENT doctors also treat head and neck problems.


However, our advice is that we did not examine you and your doctor had previously performed the examination in person, so to avoid misunderstanding and confusion, we do not think it is a problem if you consult an oral surgeon first. The approach will be the same, and there should be no difference in treatment between the three specialists. Even if, upon further examination, your doctor discovers this is something the orthopedist would prefer to treat, then you will be referred by that doctor. Get well soon.


That's all, hope it helps.


dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa

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