Question: I have a soreness
in my jaw and I am having a hard time opening it. My jaw makes a popping
noise and since the soreness started it has gotten a little louder.
I have also had a cold for the last few days. I would like to know
if the soreness in my jaw is something I should be worried about or
if it will pass with the cold? Erica
Answer: Dear Erica,
Jaw soreness is not usually a
symptom of a cold. If you've recently visited the dentist, jaw soreness
could be a symptom of having your mouth wide open for a while.
Bruxism can also cause jaw soreness.
This conditon occurs when teeth are clenched and grinded at night
which can cause the jaw to deteriorate.