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i do have a wisdom tooth on the bottom left that has or is coming in although at 37 i assume i am passed the stage of them still wanting to come in and i understand even if it has come in fine it can still cause a problem but the pain i am having i was able to figure was occurring where the jaw/mouth opens when i open my mouth there is no pain but when i close it there is some irritation i do not have a photo and i am not necessarily concerned its cancer but it is somewhat painful i do have some tmj issues which it could have caused this and also on the same side above the pain is a broken tooth that would seemingly be the culprit i guess it could be a lesion from that tooth cutting the back near the wisdom tooth but the pain at least when i put my finger on the area seems isolated on the left jaw opening area hahaha you know what i mean so i hope i am assuming correctly that its some sort of irritation or lesion do to the broken tooth coming in contact i guess i am mainly worried that the wisdom tooth although not painful anymore it was like over 10 years ago but i am wandering if the wisdom tooth could have grown into the jaw line i don't think so cause it just happened recent not gradual ok thats enough i don't have a photo so i had to ramble

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Hi Stephen,

Thank you for your question.  And yes, you were rambling which is ok, and I think I get the gist of your question.

Right now it seems like you are doing a lot of guesswork, as to what may be causing the irritation in your mouth.  Maybe it's your wisdom tooth, or that half broken tooth, maybe this, maybe that.  I would like for you to move from the guessing phase, into the fact finding phase.  This means visiting a Board Certified Dentist to do an evaluation.  Hopefully your Dentist will also take x-rays or do an MRI to get a better sense of what is happening in your mouth.

You also mentioned that you "do have TMJ issues which it could of caused."   It is very possible that your wisdom tooth, and that other half broken tooth are causing you to compensate and to bite down incorrectly.  The longer your bite continues to struggle with these issues, the more likely your TMJ joints will be effected.

I would not wait on this.  Your action plan is to call a dentist in the next day or two and start working on this.

Best Regards,
Jonathan
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My area of expertise from the patients point of view would be Dentistry/TMJ plus the speech challenges that these jaw and bite problems sometimes represent. Over the years I have seen a multitude of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech therapists, neurologists and other health professionals who all had an opinion about my TMJ/bite problem. I AM NOT A DOCTOR...but would purely be a patients point of view type person. I "get it" when people say they tried to explain to their dentist what their TMJ/bite problem is and that they are misunderstood. I can listen to people's trials and tribulations and there is a good chance I have been down that road before. I can make suggestions as to what people can do at home, or what questions to ask their doctor or dentist when they visit. I will try and recall information or experiences that may be helpful to you.

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About 25 years ago, I had my wisdom teeth out and since then my bite has never felt "normal." For whatever reason, the first sensation I remember was not that my bite was off.....but rather that my normal tongue and speech patterns had been impeded. I spent years going to different dentists, who lumped me into their generic version of what they knew about TMJ. The majority of dentists believe they can treat TMJ, but only those whose primary focus is TMJ treatment, are really any good at it. Any dentist, can take an impression of your teeth, send that impression off to the lab and have them make a night guard. That is the easy part. The tricky part is what the dentist does with the night guard, once receiving it from the lab. The dentist has to do a "fitting" where they tailor the night guard to be evenly balanced and comfortable in your mouth. Sometimes it can take a few visits, because further adjustments need to be made to the night guard appliance, to get it just right. I have found that dentists, who have had the most practice, do a better job at fitting your appliance. It's almost like an art form.

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College Graduate with Bachelor of Arts Degree

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