Many things can cause jaw pain including the jaw structure, sinus issues and infection. TMJ disorders are also one of the most common reasons for jaw pain. This pain is often not a cause for serious concern, but it should be evaluated by a dentist to prevent further damage and pain. In most cases the pain can be relieved through self-managed care or nonsurgical treatments. Surgery is only needed in the most severe cases.
If your life is affected by jaw pain, your dentist will be able to help you find the cause of the pain and the best treatment option for you. For help finding a local dental professional, search for a dentist near you.
Common Symptoms Of Jaw Pain
Jaw pain can be associated with other symptoms, including:
- Jaw popping/clicking with movement
- Swollen jaw
- Ground down teeth
- Inability to open or close your mouth
Common Causes of Jaw Pain
TMJ disorders are one of the most common reasons for jaw pain. Other causes of your jaw pain may include:
Sinus problems, tooth pain, and headaches can also cause jaw pain.
Women may experience jaw pain as a symptom of a heart attack. If you are experiencing heart attack symptoms call 911 immediately.
The only way to determine the cause of your jaw pain is by making an appointment with your dentist. They can then review your symptoms, make a diagnosis and give you their recommended treatment plan.
How to Treat Jaw Pain
Ask your dentist about using over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medicine to treat your jaw pain. Resting your jaw may also be beneficial. Rotating hot and cold compresses may be a helpful option for your jaw pain as well.
If you grind your teeth in your sleep, a mouth guard will help keep your jaw in one place at night. A mouth guard is a custom molded plastic protector that will prevent you from grinding your teeth.
In rare cases, jaw surgery may be recommended to correct jaw alignment. Only if you suffer from severe pain caused by your jaw structure will you need to undergo surgery.
Who Treats Jaw Pain?
If you have persistent pain or tenderness in your jaw, or if you can’t open or close your jaw completely, contact your dentist for a consultation. Your dentist can discuss possible causes and treatments for your problem. To find a dental office near you, visit our locations page.