Causes of jaw pain

The pain can be caused by different causes, to treat it is necessary to locate what is the source of the discomfort.

Discomfort is usually presented as a slight pain, but little by little it can intensify to a point where it becomes unbearable. If it is not treated in time it can bring more serious consequences.

Among the most known causes we have the following:


Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is one of the most common causes of jaw pain. It consists in tightening the teeth with unnecessary force and in an involuntary or unconscious manner. It usually happens during the day without even realizing it or during the night while you sleep, which makes it difficult to control.

There is no fully defined cause to know why this involuntary tooth tightening occurs, however, various studies relate it to psychological problems such as anxiety and excess stress, which are reflected in this bad habit.

The most recommended treatment for this problem is the practice of exercise, not only sports also aimed at working the jaw, this will cause both the mind and the body to be distracted and drain psychological pressure, another alternative is to sleep with a splint in the However, night is not a profitable solution in the long term.Bruxism


Osteomyelitis is an infection that attacks the bones and spreads through the blood, when the disease affects the jaw, its effects are felt in the temporomandibular joint generating a constant pain in this area, it also produces fever and swelling in the face.

Being an infection is not very difficult to treat at present, in case of suspicion you should go to a specialist which will prescribe some antibiotics and if it is very advanced the doctor will perform a surgical intervention, in which the parts of the bone will be extracted who died from the infection.

Temporomandibular Disorder

Temporomandibular disorder is the result of a mandibular problem, produced when the hinge that connects the lower part of the jaw with the upper jaw does not fit well, which can prevent the movement from opening the mouth forward to become a painful effort and uncomfortable.

This disorder has serious consequences from severe headaches, clicking when opening the mouth, constant pain in the muscles of the jaw, displacement in the way of fitting between the upper and lower teeth and finally in some cases the lower part of the jaw can be locked.

The most viable solution for this disorder is surgery to correct the hinge, however in the first instance it is usually prescribed muscle relaxants and use of a splint to prevent the consequences of the disorder.

Temporomandibular Disorder

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A dental abscess occurs when a pulp or a dental nerve is infected, usually occurs when a caries is left untreated, allowing many bacteria to be generated that will eventually reach the root of the tooth and infect the area.

With the passage of time the abscess generates a constant pain in the jaw, to treat it is necessary to maintain good dental health, in addition to going frequently to the dentist, to check the area and perform dental cleanings or remove any caries.

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Some recommendations

When you start to feel pain, it is best to go to a specialist to diagnose the origin of the discomfort, however there are other preventive measures that can be done every day to prevent jaw disease.

Good posture prevents the neck and jaw area from being forced constantly, which reduces the pain caused by the tempomandibular disorder.

Avoid some habits such as biting your nails, lips among many others, in addition to trying not to constantly chew objects.

To consume as little as possible hard foods or chewing gum, also to maintain a healthy diet with foods easy to ingest.