Does your Jaw hurt? Well, undoubtedly jaw hurting is more painful than any other ailment. Because it is a very important organ of our body. Through this organ, we do various things like talking, eating, chewing etc. There are some specific reasons for aching jaws. In this article we are going to explain the actual reason for hurting a jaw and tell you what a Maxillofacial Surgeon advice for it.
Why Does My Jaw Hurt?
According to a Maxillofacial Surgeon Dr. Fateha, there are many causes for jaw pain, some of which are worth mentioning, such as toothache or wisdom teething, TMJ disorder, Broken or Displaced jaw joint, Osteoarthritis, Stress, Food habits, Sinusitis, Rheumatoid arthritis and Rheumatic fever etc.
1. TMJ disorder
– Is TMJ disorder serious? No, TMJ disorder is not serious but untreated TMJ disorder can lead serious condition. There is a joint on our face called Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and this is the only joint in our face which connects the lower jaw with the Scale bone/ skull. TMJ disorder is the major cause for jaw pain.
TMJ disorder reasons:
- Teeth grinding
- Gaping or rictus
- Chewing hard food
- TMJ disk displaced
When you can understand that you are suffering from TMJ disorder?
Signs of TMJ disorder:
- Jaw opening problem
- Pain around the ear
- Swelling left or right or even both side of the jaw
- Pain when chewing
- Clicking or popping sound when opening the mouth
- Locked after opening the mouth
3. Dental issues
Any dental health issues like Cavity, Gum infection, Sinus Infection, Broken tooth, missing tooth, carriage in the tooth, Inflammation of gums, If the filling of the tooth is opened can lead to a jaw pain. Rising wisdom teeth and Tooth decay etc. can cause jaw pain. So if you have any of these dental problems, then you should go to a dentist immediately
2. Trauma or Broken Jaw
If jaws are broken by falling or blow to the face, or fracture especially in children. And Displaced Jaw when you open your mouth.
4. Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis
Osteoarthritis can also cause jaw pain. It’s most common in People above the age of 40. Most commonly Osteoarthritis is caused by pain in different joints like hands, hips, and knees. In this case, TMJ joint problems can be caused by Osteoarthritis for jaw pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in joints of our body.
5. Food habits
In this case, food habits plays an important role because eating too hard foods is harmful for your jaw. Hard food needs to chew longer with pressure. Ultimately this pressure impacts on your jaw. So choose less chewing and soft foods
If you are under stress then jaw pain may occur so it is important to stay stress free. Stress is not only hurt your jaw, it increases the risk of many other diseases like heart disease, diabetes, asthma, depression, gastrointestinal, obesity, problems, and Alzheimer’s disease etc. so try to stay stress free.
Pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead and this may spread to the jaw or around it.
Home remedies to relief the Jaw pain
You can treat your jaw pain at home without going to a doctor. Sudden jaw pain after chewing or something else, no need to see a doctor first. Follow the tips below to get pain relief. If this doesn’t work then it’s high time to see a doctor for medical treatment.
Warm Compression- Warm Compression helps to relieve the jaw pain. Soak a piece of cloth in warm water and then squeeze it and hold it on your jaw.
Avoid chewy foods- Chewy and hard foods may harm your jaw so always choose healthy and soft foods.
Muscle relaxation- In this case jaw-muscle relaxation is an important thing because when you chew something hard or open the mouth too high, your temporal muscle can get dysfunction. So to avoiding the temporal muscle dysfunction problems, you need muscle relaxation. Less chewing foods can can help to relax muscle.
Applying an ice pack- Apply an ice pack because it helps to reduce swelling. In this case you can use ice bag also.
Medical treatment procedure of jaw pain
When a patient comes with jaw pain, the doctor investigates it first. Throughout proper investigation, doctors can know why and what the actual problem is and what to do. Usually a Maxillofacial doctor first does an x-ray of the jaw to know the condition of it.
After seeing the x-ray report doctor find out the problems such as:
tooth decay- Most commonly it happens for the teeth grinding during sleep.
Capsule/ disk displaced– Usually it happens when patient open their mouth too high
Jaw fracture- jaw fracture is rare but can cause hurting jaw especially in children. So be aware of children’s.
Osteoarthritis- Osteoarthritis is common in people over 45 year old.
Rheumatoid arthritis- It is a rare case but shouldn’t ignore.
If there are any dental issues like lower tooth missing, wisdom tooth rising, gum or any other tooth problem then doctor treat. But the temporomandibular disk (TMD) and Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) treatment is little complex. When The TMJ displaced doctor can fix it but sometimes it needs surgery to keep it in the right place.
Also muscle relaxation Medicines are given to relax the muscles of the jaw. Patients above 45+ age suffer from osteoporosis so the doctor give some supplementary medicines.
Advices by maxillofacial surgeon to prevent and relief jaw hurt
Things that should avoid:
- crunchy foods
- hard foods
- tough cuts of meat
- chewy or sticky foods
Things you should follow:
- Opening your mouth slowly while yawning
- Do Jaw Exercise
- Meditation / Yoga
- Take physiotherapy (if doctor recommend)
- Maintain safe movement of jaws
it isn’t always meant to be an alternative choice to expert advice, prognosis or treatment. Always seek the recommendation of your dentist or different certified healthcare service provider with any questions you can have concerning a clinical situation or treatment.