I suggest you check in with your dentist. I have experienced something similar and got some insight from my DDS (who is a Prosthodontist). My cross bite, combined with a tendency to unconsciously clench my teeth under stress, aggravates the jaw joint and muscles. It's not chronic pain, but when it flares up, it may last for weeks and leaves me with a very tender jaw, headache, and ear ache.
For short-term relief, my MD has prescribed metaxalone tablets or diclofenac sodium lotion. The latter is a NSAID, btw.
Pain relief aside, your dentist can help you get to the root cause of the problem, such as ruling out TMD (Temporomandibular disorder). Good luck!
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