Jaw pain is a common problem — with a lot of different causes. Some of these are things your dentist needs to address, while others may require a doctor’s care. Read on to learn more about your jaw pain and which path you may need to take.
Causes of Jaw Pain
Most jaw pain is due to an abnormality or injury to the joint of your jaw, but there are other possible causes as well. Causes of the injury of the jaw include:
Damage to the jaw joint or the muscles that control your jaw movement can be caused by several factors, such as grinding your teeth at night, clenching your jaw due to stress and anxiety, or trauma, such as getting hit in the face while playing sports.
Other possible causes include:
Symptoms of Jaw Pain
Obviously, if your jaw hurts, that’s a symptom. But there are different kinds of pain. Make note of the following so you can talk to your doctor or dentist. This information will help him or her determine the cause.
The treatment of jaw pain is based on its cause. Your dentist or doctor may recommend pain medicine, but may also suggest the following:
If you suffer from jaw pain or facial pain, speak with one of our dentists for diagnosis and treatment.