At Maria Cielo Adjemian, DDS, PhD, we treat several causes of pain in the oral area. In today’s post, we will discuss jaw pain.
Sometimes it’s difficult to identify the cause of jaw pain.
Here are some of the possible causes:
A localized infection can trigger or aggravate jaw pain. An infection puts your tooth and jaw bone at risk, so swift intervention is essential for many reasons. If your jaw starts swelling, call us immediately. This could indicate a severe, fast-moving infection.
Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorder (TMD)
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge-type joint that allows you to open and close your mouth. Chronic TMD can be debilitating. Teeth clenching or grinding can cause or exacerbate TMD. It can also be caused by injury or arthritis. Some men and women who suffer from TMD notice flare-ups when they are under a lot of stress. If stress is the only cause, stress-reducing habits can help you prevent it or reduce the severity. But the first step is diagnosing the cause.
Sinusitis is inflammation of the tissues that line your sinuses. Inflammation commonly happens with a cold or allergies. When these tissues are inflamed, it can generate pressure in surrounding sites. Thus, inflammation from a cold or allergies can bring about jaw pain.
A heart attack can generate pain in some surprising places, including the jaw. If jaw pain comes on suddenly and is accompanied by shortness of breath, chest pain, or dizziness, call an ambulance promptly. Be especially concerned about pain only in the left jaw joint.
You May Need Additional Treatment From a Medical Healthcare Provider
Jaw pain can be related to a combination of conditions, both dental and medical.
If the cause of your jaw pain commands an additional medical specialist, we will refer you to a trusted professional. We work with your healthcare team to provide the best possible care.
Kansas City residents know and love diversity. As your Gladstone Dentist, we appreciate that no two patients–no two people are completely alike and their health care needs are also unique. Those needs are always changing and evolving, much as you are.