What Causes Jaw Pain?

Are you suffering from severe jaw pain? Identifying the cause is the first step in finding relief.Dental Implant Surgery Helps Prevent Jawbone Atrophy

For an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon. Pain in the jaw can result from a variety of medical problems and conditions, and an oral surgeon has the expertise and qualifications to determine the source of your discomfort.

For many patients, jaw pain results from one of the common causes listed below.

Facial Trauma

Jaw pain might be due to trauma, such as from a fall, accident or blow to the face. If you recently suffered an injury — even one that didn’t seem all that traumatic at the time — you may have a displaced tooth, a fracture in the jawbone or a dislocated joint.

Tooth Grinding

Do you grind or clench your teeth at night? Tooth grinding, known as bruxism, is a leading cause of pain in the jaw, as the repeated motion can damage the teeth and stress the jaw joint.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Jaw tenderness and pain in the joint can also be the result of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. The exact cause of TMJ disorder may not be clear, but the issue may stem from arthritic or traumatic damage to the joint.

Osteomyelitis of the Jaws

Osteomyelitis is infection and inflammation in a bone, which can affect the jawbone and surrounding soft tissues. This could be the source of your pain if you had a recent injury to the area or if you suffer from a circulation or autoimmune disorder.

Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth can occur when a dental cavity is left untreated and the infection spreads to the tooth pulp. While the aching is typically felt near the abscess, bacteria can also advance to the jawbone tissues and cause significant pain.

Dental Conditions

Gum disease, cavities and other dental conditions can also create aches and pains in the jaw. These issues may not directly affect the jawbone or nearby soft tissues, but the stress of chewing can cause pain to radiate through the jaw.

Secondary Jaw Pain

Sometimes, aches and pains in the jaw are caused by another medical issue. Heart attacks, facial nerve disorders, migraines, ear infections and chronic sinusitis are among the many possible causes of secondary jaw pain.

Are you tired of living with severe pain in the jaw? The professionals at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah can provide you with an accurate diagnosis. With over 10 years of experience in managing jaw-related facial conditions, Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield are highly skilled at identifying the underlying causes of jaw pain.

And at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, our expert team can help you find an effective treatment approach. Get on the path to pain relief today. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office and schedule a consultation to discuss jaw pain.