Jaw pain can range from a minor annoyance to the type of debilitating pain that has you visiting Your Dental Office in Toronto, or Etobicoke. From sinus problems to issues with your teeth and supporting jaw muscles, there are many reasons why your jaw may hurt. Here are some of the possibilities.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder
The temporomandibular joint is what connects the lower jaw to the skull. Located on each side of the jaw, these hinge joints are sometimes affected by teeth grinding, involuntary jaw-clenching due to stress or anxiety, or jaw trauma which might occur when playing sports.
Air-filled cavities called sinuses, which are primarily located around your nose, sometimes become infected. When this happens, excess mucus production can place pressure on your jaw or its supporting muscles.
Trigeminal Neuralgia is a chronic condition that affects the facial nerve that carries sensations to your brain. If the trigeminal nerve is irritated, even everyday acts like brushing your teeth could cause jaw pain.
In some instances, a severe infection affecting one or more teeth can contribute to jaw pain. Gum infections may also result in pain that radiates to your jaw. Other dental issues that could result in jaw pain include:
• Tooth pain related to a cavity
• A severe type of infection called an abscess
• Teeth that are cracked or crowded together
• Teeth that sensitive to temperature – which may result in jaw pain associated with drinking certain beverages or foods
Direct Jaw Trauma
The jaw is strong, but it's still susceptible to injury if it's directly impacted. In fact, a direct blow to the jaw could result in bruising, swelling, or even dislocation.
Other Possible Jaw Pain Sources
Your jaw could hurt if the soft, spongy cartilage that supports jaw joints is affected by arthritis. The jaw can also be affected by tetanus if you recently sustained a cut that resulted in a bacterial infection. In rare instances, jaw pain could be a sign of a heart attack.
Regardless of what may be causing your jaw to hurt, it is best to be cautious and visit Your Dental Office, located in Toronto and Etobicoke, if your discomfort is getting worse or not going away. The sooner you find out for sure what's going on with your jaw, the sooner you will be likely to enjoy welcome relief. Contact us today to book an appointment!