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Can an oral surgeon help with issues with my jaw joint?

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An oral surgeon can help with jaw joint issues. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull. It’s that little “hinge” right in front of the ears. It can cause problems like pain in your jaw, jaw popping, stiffness, and headaches. Oral devices, pain medication, and ice packs can help. But people with recurring problems may need oral surgery.

From: Do You Need Oral Surgery? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: “Dentists: Doctors of Oral Health.”

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Impacted Tooth.”

Mayo Clinic: “TMJ Disorders.”

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 29, 2018

SOURCES:

American Dental Association: “Dentists: Doctors of Oral Health.”

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Impacted Tooth.”

Mayo Clinic: “TMJ Disorders.”

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 29, 2018

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