causes of jaw pain

Causes of Jaw Pain

Jaw pain sometimes radiates to the other face area. The development of jaw pain is because of toothache, sinus infection, blood vessels issues, or some more conditions. Physical injuries are the cause of jaw pains. Like infections, damage to blood vessels or nerves, and several more causes. The temporomandibular joint disorder is a condition that affects the bones and muscles and is responsible for jaw movement. There is a list of some causes of jaw pain.

Teeth Grinding and Clenching

While sleeping, some persons clench or grind their teeth. Sometimes they grind their teeth at times of stress. This is also called Bruxism. It leads to pain and damage to the tooth. It can cause the roots of your teeth to lose their strength and connection with the gums and may become mobile, causing pain.

Underlying Dental Illness

Abscesses, the gap in the tooth, damage of tooth, cavities, and gum diseases cause jaw pain. Tooth cavities in the lower line may also be the reason for jaw pain. It causes bacteria to grow and spread there, resulting in long-term pain and infection.


The infection that affects jawbones and tissues called osteomyelitis is the cause of jaw pain. It can make your gums weak, and they lose their strength. Teeth become mobile and have pus oozing out from them. They may start falling off due to bone resorption.


Trauma is the leading cause of jaw pain in healthy persons. It is not because of poor oral hygiene or teeth infections; it only results from serious injuries. Broken jaws will result from a blow or sudden injuries to the face. Dental surgery also causes pain because of the time taken in the recovery of dental procedures. Some injuries may cause muscles tension that results in jaw pains. Injuries to the temporomandibular joint can be the major reason for jaw pain, along with dizziness and headache. It causes difficulty in opening and closing the jaw and may increase tooth sensitivity.

Neuropathic Pain

When the nerves become damaged, they send a signal to the brain. This kind of pain is called Neuropathic pain. Examples of neuropathic pain include Cancer-related pain, Postherpetic pain, etc

Other Conditions

Other conditions that are involved in the cause of jaw pain are,

  • Several mental health conditions
  • Sinusitis
  • Lack of Sleep
  • Fatigue and Stress
  • Disorder in Salivary Glands
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Infections of ears
  • Fibromyalgia

There are specific reasons that cause jaw pain. It can be hormonal imbalance, bone resorption, injuries or traumas, or any teeth infection or cavities. All you need to do is to investigate the cause and treat it from the root. Your dentist will help you to treat the underlying cause of the pain. Along with that maintaining your oral health and cleaning out daily will relieve the pain. Contact your Fairfield dentist, Dr. Zhu at Freedom Dental for more information about the causes of jaw pain.


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