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Jaw Pain Ask The Dentist Ira Koeppel Question:
Jaw Pain / nerve: I'm 19 years old and about 4 years ago I developed a pain in my jaw on the left side below my ear and it feels like a little ball when I press my skin.

The spot is really tender and hurts even on the slightest touch sometimes. I've noticed over the years that usually on the first bite of whatever I eat, I get a sharp pain in that nerve or whatever it is for several seconds, then it goes away, and its only the first bite, but its tender all day.

I don't know what it is. I've had it checked out by one dentist and he said I might need braces, but I feel like I may need a surgery and I know this is something that is not common, what could it be? ...Visitor from LA

It sounds like you have a bite problem, and that your stylohyoid ligament is in spasm and inflamed.

Treatment would include seeing a dentist that is well versed in treating TMJ disorders and getting treatment to help relax the muscles in the face. I would suggest a Neuromuscular Dentist.

Ira D. Koeppel, D.D.S.
New York Reconstructive Dentistry
126 Gnarled Hollow Road
East Setauket Long Island, NY 11733
(631) 689-9777

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