If you have jaw pain, you may be quick to diagnose yourself with Temporomandibular Disorder or TMD, but jaw pain can be a symptom of other issues. The most common sources of jaw pain come from infections, bruxism or teeth grinding, overuse, bad bite, arthritis, and even heart conditions. When your jaw pain is severe or it has lasted longer than 24 hours, be sure to reach out to the dentist to address the source of your discomfort.
Teeth Grinding, Bad Bite, and Overuse
If you have been putting excessive pressure on your jaw while you sleep due to teeth grinding, you will wake up with a sore jaw. Bruxism can cause muscle soreness and tooth damage so be sure to talk to the dentist about the best way to address your teeth grinding.
When your teeth are not properly aligned and your bite pattern is wearing down your teeth, you will have pain in your jaw. Usually, dentists rely on orthodontic treatments to realign the teeth and decrease your discomfort.
Jaw overuse is not just a joke about chatty people; it can be a serious problem resulting in serious pain. Chewing gum for extended periods of time is often the cause of jaw damage. Allowing your jaw to rest reduces the time your jaw and muscles are working to make the chewing motion.
Different Infections May Cause Your Jaw To Hurt
Infections create inflammation in tissues and increase pressure in those areas. Sinus infections, ear infections, and abscessed teeth generate pain from the swelling as well as the body trying to fight the infection. Infections in one place in your head can lead to other infections so it is important to treat sinus infections before they spread to your ears. Infected teeth can lead to infections in the jaw. Professional medical treatment for the infection will not only improve your health but it will stop the jaw pain.
Your Jaw Is A Joint And Can Suffer Joint Diseases
Typically people suffer from osteoarthritis in knees and hips, but your jaw is a joint that can be affected too. Be sure to talk about your jaw pain with the doctor or the dentist with any other indicators so you can treat your arthritis.
A Dull Pain In Your Left Lower Jaw Should Never Be Ignored
A dull constant pain in your lower left jaw could be a sign that your heart is in trouble. Most people experience chest and arm pain, but many women even feel this in their jaw preceding a heart attack.
Other Reasons You May Experience Jaw Pain
Not every reason for jaw pain has been addressed here so be sure to consider your stress levels or any recent allergic reactions. Even the flu and colds can cause jaw pain.
In conclusion, you should not ignore your jaw pain; it is usually a sign that something more serious is happening in your body. The dentist can help review other symptoms, diagnose the source of your discomfort, and provide a treatment plan to restore you to good health.