Jaw Pain

Reasons for jaw pain can widely vary. Persistent jaw pain can be a difficult and debilitating issue that can affect one's ability to speak and eat comfortably. Locating the origin of jaw and facial pain can often be difficult. It is always recommended to consult a professional for further information and help. 

Causes of Jaw Pain

Facial or jaw pain in the chewing muscles or jaw joint is a common symptom of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ/TMD). Facial pain may also be caused by dislocation or injuries which are internal changes to the joint involving a displaced disc, a dislocated jaw, or injury to the muscle. Arthritis and degenerative or inflammatory joint disorders also may lead to facial pain.

Treatment for Jaw Pain 

Facial pain may be relieved by eating soft foods, applying ice packs when pain occurs, and avoiding extreme jaw movements (including wide yawning, loud singing, and gum chewing). Since facial pain is often associated with stress and/or cramps in the chewing muscles, techniques to reduce stress and practicing gentle jaw stretching and relaxing exercises to increase jaw movement may be helpful. Short-term use of common pain medicines may provide temporary relief from jaw discomfort and facial pain.

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