By Stiles Family Dentistry
April 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: jaw pain  

Jaw pain can be debilitating, making it difficult for you to eat and talk. Several things can cause jaw pain which is why you need to discuss your symptoms with a medical specialist. At Stiles Family Dentistry, located in Salem, NH, Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Jhon Giraldo, Dr. Paul Masterson, and Dr. Richard Lam are all working hard to provide quality dental care and eliminate the cause of jaw pain.

Causes of Jaw Pain

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is a condition that causes jaw pain, ear pain, headaches, and jaw stiffness. It is caused by:

  • Trauma
  • Jaw clenching or teeth grinding
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Sinus Problems

Sinuses are comprised of a system of connected hollow cavities in the skull. The largest sinuses are the maxillary sinuses, which measure about an inch across. There are two of these; each is located above the cheekbones, below the eyes. The smaller ethmoid sinuses are located between the eyes within the ethmoid bone. The frontal sinuses are in the forehead, just behind the eyes. The sphenoid sinuses are behind the nose. The sinuses are usually empty except for a small amount of mucus. A sinus infection causes the tissue that lines the sinus to become inflamed. The inflammation can cause you to feel pain in your upper jaw.

Tooth Pain

A dental abscess is a puss-filled pocket caused by a bacterial infection. This type of abscess can occur at the tip of a tooth’s root or the side of the root. As well as causing pain in the tooth, gum, and face, a dental abscess can also cause swelling and pain in the jaw. If you notice a constant ache in your tooth, contact your Salem, NH, dentist right away. 

Trigeminal Neuralgia

In the United States, 45,000 people are known to be suffering from trigeminal neuralgia (TGN). This condition affects the trigeminal or 5th cranial nerve causing chronic pain. The trigeminal nerve is one of the most widely distributed nerves in the head. It is responsible for sensations in the scalp, forehead, cheeks, jaw, and gums as well as chewing and biting motions.

The treatment for jaw pain will depend on the underlying cause and may range from pain medications to surgery. Talking to a dental expert will help you find a solution, including TMJ treatment. If you’re experiencing jaw pain, and you live in Salem, NH, contact Stiles Family Dentistry today at (603) 893-4538. Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Jhon Giraldo, Dr. Paul Masterson, and Dr. Richard Lam are here to help.