Jaw pain... TMJ?? Wisdom tooth??
Hi, I'm new to the boards. I'm Marie, 21, a mommy of a 2-year-old girl, and pregnant with #2 due September 2008.
Anyway, for the past 3 days, I've been getting some really bad pain on the right side of my face. It feels like a headache, ear infection and jaw pain all in 1. My jaw feels tight and I can't open it very wide without it hurting like heck. It's not constant pain, it seems to come and go on its own, I was fine all of today and had the pain several times tonight starting around dinner time, where as yesterday, the pain was more constant from around 3pm until about 11:30pm when I went to bed. Tylenol took the edge off the pain but didn't get rid of it totally. I thought it might be wisdom teeth bothering me, since all 4 are in, so I tried Orajel which didn't do a thing. Tonight I noticed that my bottom right wisdom tooth seems to either have gone back under the gum, or the gum is swollen, which left a small flap of gum over the tooth. It's tender when I press on it, but it doesn't hurt as bad as the rest of my pain. Is it more likely to be wisdom teeth TMJ? Should I see my doctor first, or a dentist? I'm at a loss as to what to do, the pain brings me to tears when it gets really bad. Thankfully it hasn't gotten that bad tonight, but it was last night. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.