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Six Common Causes of Jaw Pain read more

Jaw pain is often associated with throbbing, uncomfortable pain. It can come on suddenly or it can start off mild and become more intense over time. The symptoms will depend on the root cause and here are few to look out for.

Teeth Grinding

This is a common problem that most people are not aware of as it usually takes place during sleep. This involves tightly clenching and moving your jaw which grinds the teeth. Causes include stress or anxiety or even side effects of medication. Wearing a mouth guard at night specially designed for night time grinding can help alleviate symptoms.65% of people who are convinced they do not grind their teeth actually grind regularly but are unaware of it.

Temporomandibular (TMD or TMJ)

This condition is often known as TMJ and affects the temporomandibular joint of the jaw. This is often associated with restricted jaw movement. Other symptoms include tenderness in the jaw, face, ear or even the neck and shoulders as well as a clicking sound when opening the mouth or chewing. In severe cases, the disorder can even cause the jaw to become permanently stuck in an open or closed position.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth typically erupt between the ages of 17 and 25 and can cause trouble in the jaw, especially if they are impacted. Wisdom teeth can become infected and cause acute swelling and pain.

Untreated Cavities

Tooth decay can cause pain which can radiate into the jaw area, especially if a cavity goes a long time without being filled, an infection can spread into surrounding teeth and jaw causing pain.

Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth is when the dental pulp or nerve of the tooth has become infected. It usually happens when decay has been left untreated for an extended period. When the bacteria from the infection begins to spread from the root, it can also affect surrounding bone tissue, causing significant jaw pain. Regular dental examinations and treating decay promptly is the best way of avoiding this problem.

Gum Disease

This is often caused by poor oral health and as it progresses can lead to problems with the tissues and bones that support the teeth.

If you are experiencing jaw pain that isn’t going away, and would like some advice please feel free to call The Mayhill Dental Centre on 01600 712020 or email

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