10 Reasons Why Your Jaw Hurts

Jaw pain is a common occurrence that happens to millions of people all over the globe. There are many reasons for this. You have to seek for professional help to diagnose your jaw pain correctly.

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Your physician will tell you if he could address the pain or if you have to see a dentist to know exactly what the problem is.

What do you have to know about the jaw or mandible?

The jaw is fastened to your skull by a pair of joints called temporomandibular joints (TMJs). It is forepart your ears and it is responsible for your mouth to open and close. Of course it also supports the teeth and gums and it reacts to hot, cold, or any kind of pressure. The jaw is prone to infection like the other parts of our body so you need to take care of it.

There are many probabilities to cause your jaw to ache. It could be issues with the nerve, physical injury, arthritis, or even stress. The more frequent cause of this is temporo-mandibular joint disorder or TMJ. At least 12% of people are afflicted with this and it frequently affect the women who are still in the childbearing age.

Here are other causes of jaw pain:

  • Grinding of teeth, pressing, or opening the mouth widely. Usually the grinding and the pressing happens when a person is asleep or if under a lot of stress. This not only result to jaw pain but it can damage your teeth.
  • Sinus that affects the nasal cavities.
  • Osteomyelitis is an infection that can damage the bones and related tissues.
  • Capsulitis or synovitis is the swelling of the lining of the joint or connecting ligament.
  • Tension headaches induced by stress.
  • Vascular pain is an abnormal state of the blood vessels. Vascular problems is a serious condition that needs immediate attention.
  • Heart attack can cause jaw pain because problem of the heart can be felt in any part of your body. This is called referred pain.
  • Dental problems.
  • Vaccines takes away the possibilities of certain diseases but still some people gets it and one of the symptoms may be jaw pain.


For every 8 people, there could be 1 person that has TMJ. Below are the symptoms of TMJ:

  • There is a clicking sound every time you move your mouth.
  • Consistent headaches.
  • Your face, ears, or jaw hurts.
  • There is ringing in your ears.
  • Having problem with your vision.

Dental Issues

  • A tooth with cavity will give you toothache. If it becomes inflame your jaw may hurt.
  • Crowded teeth, cracked, or sensitive to various temperature or pressure.
  • Gum disease affects your jaw.

Do not wait any longer and  visit Algodones Dentist today. We accept walk-in clients.  To help you ease the pain, gently floss your teeth and rinse with warm water.

If you have any dental emergency that needs immediate attention, please do not hesitate to call us at (928) 888-1888. The Algodones Dentist team is ready to help you. Our dental clinic is at 45 Capri Blvd, Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

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