What Causes Jaw Pain?

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A jaw pain could be a symptom of a toothache, but it could also mean you are about to have a heart attack. What could cause intense jaw pain? How would you know it ain’t a symptom of a serious illness? First, we need to understand your jaw. Your jaw bone is also known as the mandible.

woman feeling a jaw pain

The jaw bone is linked to the skull through a set of joints known as the temporomandibular joints. The TMJs are found near your eyes, and they are responsible for the opening and closing of your mouth. Your jaw keeps your teeth and gums in place. If you don’t keep your teeth and gums clean, they can be sensitive to the changes of temperature.  Problems can escalate and infections can spread to your jaw.


A temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is the generally known cause for jaw pain. 1 out of 8 people have TMJ, and it happens more to women than men. Arthritis could make things worse, and it could damage the cartilage, which protects your joints.  These are the signs and symptoms of having a TMJ disorder:

  • You have recurring migraines.
  • There’s a clicking sound when try to open your mouth.
  • You can hear a ringing sound inside your ears.
  • You are having vision problems.
  • There’s a piercing pain on your face especially on the jaw area.

If you feel any of these symptoms, please discuss with your dentist regarding the recommended solutions for TMJ. Algodones Dental Care can help you verify the root cause of your jaw pain.

In most cases, you can get medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. These drugs are easily accessible or get them without prescription.  To find the best solution, listen to the experts before you start to medicate yourself. Algodones Dental Care can suggest some exercises to help relax your jaw.


Like any bone in your body, there’s a chance you break your jaw. A strong physical force could seriously injure your jaw. It could lead to:

  • Jaw pain
  • Face swelling
  • Heavy bruising
  • Loose tooth

If you met an accident and somehow injured your jaw, please don’t just ignore it. Visit Algodones Dental Care and ask for immediate help. The dentist could prescribe you drugs.

For some cases, people cannot even open their moth properly. During medication, you may only be allowed to eat soft foods will help ease your discomfort as you heal.


Having problems with your teeth could also lead to jaw pains. These could be a simple toothache. Check with your dentist because a toothache may be a sign of dental abscess or tooth decay.

When you teeth are crowded, this could trigger jaw pain. Be sure to go to your dentist in order to check if your teeth are cracked or if your teeth are sensitive to temperature changes. It could also be gum disease that’s attacking your jaws.

So, if you any dental problems, please set an appoint to your dentist or you could visit Algodones Dental Care immediately. Don’t worry because we will help you in finding solutions for your jaw pain.