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Jaw Pain Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
Chronic jaw / head / neck pain: I have struggled with chronic migraine andneck pain for over 8 years.

I have tried massage, physical therapy, as well as change in diet. I have been seeing a neurologist for about 3 years and have tried many medications (blood pressure, Lyrica, antidepressants, muscle relaxers, general pain meds, etc) and have found no solid relief besides taking two Celebrex a day (works OK).

I went to a local specialist for TMJ and he said he didn't think I had any problems. I also had an MRI (nothing there). Had a splint made which made no difference, as well.

I made my own appointment to have my four wisdom teeth removed soon. I am 27. Will this help? Am I missing something? ...Visitor from ND

I can't help but think that there is some TMJ involvement in this puzzle.

I would guess that you are clenching your teeth at night, and possibly during the day as well. I would suggest that you see another TMJ dentist for a second opinion.

Removing the wisdom teeth may help. If you are seeing an oral surgeon for this, he may have an opinion as well.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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