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Reasons One Side of Your Jaw May Hurt

Posted on 1/11/2021 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
Reasons One Side of Your Jaw May HurtJaw pain may be the result of a toothache or an underlying health condition. To promote good health and prevent further complications, you need to consult with a professional for treatment. Among the causes of jaw pain include dental problems, infections, and disorders.

Infections and Disorders

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and osteomyelitis are the most common causes of jaw pain. The Temporomandibular joints, TMJ, control the opening and closing of your mouth. Thus, when you develop Temporomandibular disorder (TMD), the functionality of the joints is affected, and you start experiencing pain on the sides of your jaw and face. Your jaw may also make clicking sounds when you open your mouth or chew. TMD is manageable with pain medication and diet changes. Osteomyelitis, on the other hand, travels through the bloodstream and affects the surrounding tissues. On the jaws, osteomyelitis can affect the TMJ and cause pain and swelling. Fortunately, with antibiotics and surgery, the disease is curable.

Dental Problems

Dental problems such as cavities, abcessed teeth, gum disease, or tooth grinding can cause pain to one of your jaws. An abcess is the result of an infection on your dental pulp. The bacteria from the infection spreads to the surrounding tissues and bones, causing jaw and facial pain. Teeth grinding causes jaw pain due to the pressure it exerts on the jaws. Other dental problems that may cause jaw pain include periodontal diseases and jaw injury. Symptoms such as facial swelling, a toothache that comes and goes, tooth sensitivity, painful gums, sores in your mouth, and pain when chewing and swallowing will usually accompany these dental issues. However, with regular dental exams and timely treatment of dental cavities, you can keep dental problems at bay. Contact us today for more details on the causes and treatment of jaw pain.

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