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Can pain in the jaw or teeth be an indication of a heart attack? How do I tell if a pain in my arm or shoulder is due to a heart condition?
These questions are quite common and frequently asked, and not always easily or correctly answered in magazines and journals. In fact, pain caused by an inadequate supply of oxygen to the heart can occur in many different forms. Although, once in a while, the location and description of the discomfort may be odd, but, fortunately, most of the time it is similar. The majority of the time patients describe a tightness, heaviness or constriction in the mid-chest or upper abdomen that appears to also be present in one or the other shoulder. The discomfort may also be noted in the upper biceps, elbow and wrist (on either side) and on occasion may feel like it is “going through” to the back. Heart pain can also be noted in the jaw and teeth. It is more common for heart-related discomfort to affect the lower jaw than the upper jaw. Occ...
There has been much discussion among doctors, dentists and patients about the benefits of bisphosphonate medications (such as Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva and Reclast) and the potential risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw. This condition, which involves painful, exposed bone in the jaw that does not heal normally, has been linked for some time with the use of bisphosphonates, although only rarely with the oral formulations most commonly prescribed to osteoporosis patients. A recent article in Endocrine Today -- www.endocrinetoday.com/view.aspx?rid=26870 -- helps put the relationship between bisphosphonates and ONJ in perspective. As has been previously reported, the possibility of this side effect is much higher for those taking the drugs in the doses given intravenously for cancer patients. For many osteoporosis patients, the risk of breaking a bone is much higher than developing osteonecrosis of the jaw. This is important to bear in mind when one talks to a physician about&n...
TMD; Temporomandibular joint disorders; Temporomandibular muscle disorders
Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may be:
Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
Dull, aching pain in the face
Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
Signs and tests
You may need to see more than one medical specialist for your TMJ pain and symptoms, such as your primary care provider, a dentist, or an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor, depending on your symptoms.
A thorough examination may involve:
A dental examination to show if you have poor bite alignment
Feeling the joint and connecting muscles for tenderness
Pressing around the head for areas that are sensitive or painful
Sliding the teeth from side to side
Watching, feeling, and...
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