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Reasons Why Your Jaw May Hurt and What Options You Have to Alleviate the Pain


Posted on 5/10/2019 by Scott Redlinger
Reasons Why Your Jaw May Hurt and What Options You Have to Alleviate the PainWhen a part of your body is in pain, you typically want two things. You want to know what is causing the pain and what you can do to end it. The answer to these questions depends on a few things

Where the pain is, that type of pain and how severe the pain is are some of the things that can help. If the pain is in your jaw, the dental professionals at our offices can help. These are the ways they can do that.

Causes of Jaw Pain

The causes of jaw pain can range from minor problems to serious health issues. Some people suffer from jaw pain as the result of a trauma. Jaw pain is also a symptom of a heart attack. In these cases, getting immediate medical help is often important.

Two of the more common causes of jaw pain include a toothache and Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. These are two problems that affect your oral health and that our office can treat. A toothache is the sign of a cavity or something worse where the pain radiates down to the jaw. TMJ is a disorder that affects the joint where the jaw is attached to the skull.

Treating Jaw Pain

If the cause of the jaw pain is a toothache, treating the toothache could require a filling or some other procedure. Once the cause of the toothache is taken care of, the jaw pain should go away. Jaw pain from TMJ is more difficult to treat. TMJ is often the result of teeth grinding. A mouthguard could help resolve that issue. There are other causes and treatments for TNMJ, but it is possible to treat and to relieve the jaw pain.

The key is not to ignore pain in the jaw. Pain is a sign that something is wrong, and it is best to find out the cause, so you can treat it. Call our office to schedule your next appointment with our dental professionals.


Scott M. Redlinger, DMD, MD

(775) 430-5355