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4 Most Common Causes of Jaw Pain

Think for a moment about all the things your jaw does for you.

The jaw helps you talk, drink, chew food, and make facial expressions. Without your jaw, life would be pretty difficult.

So when pain sets in and your jaw doesn’t work like it should — it’s impossible to ignore.

Jaw pain can have various causes, but on the plus side, there are plenty of ways to address this issue. Here are a few reasons why your jaw is aching.

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1. You’re Stressed Out

People who are under stress or have anxiety use their mouths or teeth in ways beyond their intended functions, like tooth grinding.

This happens when you clench your teeth together without realizing it, which can create a lot of tension in your teeth and jaw, along with the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support your jaw. This can also leave you in serious pain. Doctors aren’t totally sure what causes bruxism, but stress is a major risk factor.

2. You Have a TMJ Disorder

You have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) on each side of your jawbone to act as a hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. Like most parts of your body, sometimes your temporomandibular joints can act up.

Although there’s a variety of TMJ disorders, they share jaw pain as the most common symptom, Others include jaw stiffness, difficulty opening your jaw, your jaw feeling “locked,” painful clicking or popping when opening or closing your mouth, and a change in the way your upper and lower teeth fit together.

(RELATED: 4 Easy Exercises to Help Alleviate TMJ Jaw Pain)

3. There’s Something Wrong With Your Bite

When you have a “good” bite, all of your teeth are lined up with each other when you chew. But with a “bad” bite, you may only have a few teeth line up, like the ones in the back. Bad bites can come in various forms, like an over-bite (when your upper teeth overlap your lower teeth) or under-bite (when your lower teeth overlap your upper teeth).

Having an uneven bite means your jaw can’t function as it should, which can create wear and tear and result in joint and muscle pain around the jaw.

4. You Have a Cavity

Plaque is a buildup of bad bacteria that comes from food and drinks, and if you don’t clean it often enough, it can break down the enamel that coats your teeth. This process can produce a cavity. But it’s when that cavity works its way into the dentin, the layer underneath the enamel, that you typically start to feel discomfort. If it continues down into the pulp of your tooth, it can cause pain to radiate around your jaw.

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TMJ and Jaw Pain Treatment at Pasadena Pain Management

The good news? Jaw pain can be easily treated.

Contact Us Today for a FREE CONSULTATION at Pasadena Pain Management. We can evaluate your TMJ jaw pain, headaches, migraines, head and neck pain and tell you whether our TruDenta care program is right for you.

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