Jaw pain can lead to significant pain, and can also be an indication of a serious issue. But how do you know when you should seek treatment right away?
Causes of Jaw PainOne cause of jaw pain is facial trauma. This often occurs if you have suffered a car accident, a fall or a sports injury. If you haven't gone to the ER for treatment, you may have an undiagnosed fracture or loose tooth.
An abscess can trigger pain in the jaw. When you have an infection, an abscess often forms as a way to drain pus. The sac that results causes bone loss and can also spread infection throughout your body.
A very common cause of jaw pain is temporomandibular disorder. Your temporomandibular joint is the point at which your upper and lower jaw meet, and it allows you to open your mouth and chew, among other things. Temporomandibular disorder is the result of pain in this joint, and can be caused by any number of issues, such as bruxism or arthritis.
Symptoms of Jaw PainAny of these issues are serious, and can lead to other issues. Symptoms of jaw pain include:
|•||Difficulty/pain opening your mouth.|
|•||Swelling in the jaw area.|
|•||Popping or clicking when chewing.|
Jaw pain can also be associated with another serious health issue that has nothing to do with your mouth at all - a heart attack. If you experience jaw pain with any of the other following issues, you should call 911 immediately:
|•||Pain that spreads to your shoulder and arm.|
|•||Nausea and vomiting.|
If you are experiencing jaw pain that is accompanied by other symptoms of a heart attack, do not delay in calling for an ambulance or getting to the emergency room right away.
Otherwise, if you are suffering from jaw pain that is not relieved by any method you try at home, or you suspect you are suffering from a serious oral health issue, don't hesitate to contact our office right away.