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Why Could Your Jaw Hurt?


Posted on 12/21/2020 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
Why Could Your Jaw Hurt?The pain in your jaw can be a sign of something common such as a toothache or something more serious like a heart attack. Whichever the case, you should find the source of this pain and a possible remedy. In most cases, the pain could be coming from your jaw bone or your temporomandibular joints (TMJs). The TMJs are located a few millimeters in front of your ears. Their main task is to connect the lower jaw and the skull in addition to letting you close or open the mouth. So an injury to your TMJs can cause a condition known as temporomandibular disorder or TMD that can eventually affect your jaws. 

Dental Causes


Your jaw could also hurt due to dental problems or oral health concerns. These dental issues may include cavities abscessed teeth, the emergence of wisdom teeth, misaligned or missing teeth, involuntary teeth clenching, and grinding. Teeth clenching can strain your muscles, impact the alignment of your teeth, and break down the TMJ. On the other hand, tooth grinding is more likely to cause a TMJ disorder, which might lead to excruciating pain in your jaws. 

Additional dental problems such as sensitive teeth, bleeding gums, and prolonged tooth pain can contribute to painful jaws. A severe tooth infection may cause a lot of pain that can radiate to your jaw and the rest of your face. This type of pain will last as long as the infection remains unchecked for too long. 

Another problem related to dental issues is sinus infections. Sinuses are air-filled compartments or cavities found close to your jaw joint. When they become infected with bacteria, they produce excess fluid, which exerts more pressure on your jaws, causing pain in the process. If the pain becomes too much, you can seek medical help from us for further diagnosis and treatment. For more information on why your jaw could hurt, visit our office or call us today.
The doctors of Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants would like to inform you of the enhanced safety protocol developed for our office in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, American Dental Association, and local government, we have enhanced our already stringent protocols for hygiene and safety.

•  All patients and staff wear masks
•  All patients and guests are screened with a COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature check prior to admission to our clinic lobby. Hand hygiene is performed before entry.
•  All personnel have twice daily temperature checks
•  To allow for social distancing, we have reduced the number of patients and guests in the office at one time and spaced the seating in our lobby appropriately
•  Allow more time for disinfecting between patient encounters
•  Increased disinfection of frequently touched surfaces including counter tops, handles, lobby seating, and bathroom surfaces
•  New, single use pens to avoid germ sharing between patients and personnel
•  Procedural personnel wear N95/KN95 masks and face shields
MEET THE MADISON ORAL SURGERY & DENTAL IMPLANT TEAM AND SEE OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

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Madison, WI 53713