Posted on 6/13/2018 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
|Have you ever woken up with a sore jaw? Jaw pain can be an annoyance to a major debilitating issue that makes it difficult to talk and eat. There are a number of things that can cause jaw pain. Here are some of the most common.
Tooth PainIf you feel your tooth pain move into your jaw, it can be a sign that you have a dental abscess. This is a severe condition that occurs with the tooth becomes full of bacteria. If you have a chipped or broken tooth, bacteria can seep into the pulp, causing infection. That infection can spread into the bone beneath the tooth, leading to jaw pain.
The true danger here is that when the root of the infected tooth dies, the pain usually goes away. The infection, though, is still there, and it can spread. Any time you have tooth pain, you need to call us and set up an appointment as soon as you can. The sooner we catch and deal with any infection, the better.
Sinus PressureIf you have a sinus infection, it can put pressure on the joint that controls your jaw. Part of the sinus cavities run very close to this joint, and when they become clogged with mucus, it can put pressure on it.
TMDTMD, or Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorder, is perhaps the most common reason why you may wake up with pain in your jaw. TMD, sometimes referred to as TMJ, occurs when the joint in the jaw has been injured, your jaw has been overworked, or the disc that helps to cushion this jaw has become displaced. Arthritis can also cause TMD.
Your jaw joint can become damaged due to a number of reasons, including grinding your teeth. If you have recurring pain in your jaw, something isn't right. Contact us soon so we can help you live a pain-free life.
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