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I have this bump on the right side popping out when I open my mouth and it's hard for me to open my mouth to eat. My right side of my jaw below my ear hurts and I can't hardly open my mouth to eat and when I do there is a bump that comes out of my side of my face.

I don't know what is it this is my first time experiencing this. What should I do? What treatment? Where should I go? ....Visitor from OK

Answer:
You describe some classic symptoms of TMD or TMJ Syndrome. A complete oral exam including mounted study models of your teeth will usually identify the cause of the TMD.

The bump is probably the jaw bone pushing out on tight muscles and ligaments which surround the jaw's joint. The jaw joint is the temporomandibular joint, or "TMJ", hence the name of the syndrome.

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