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Uncommon Causes of Jaw Pain

Posted on 7/23/2017 by Dr. Ryan
Mountain Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center can determine what is causing your jaw pain.
There are many different reasons that your jaw may hurt. It could be something simple like clenching your teeth in your sleep or having a disorder within the jaw joint. However, there are many different causes of pain in the jaw that aren't quite so simple. If you wake up with regular jaw pain each day, you may want to go in and see your oral surgeon. They should be able to go through and examine your mouth and jaw, then determine whatever is causing your pain.

Things to Look At if You Get Regular Jaw Pain

If you have regular jaw pain and regular headaches, you may suffer from cluster headaches. This can radiate from behind the eyes into the jaw, and can be very painful. If your jaw pain comes with headaches, make sure to get both checked out.

Infections in the face can cause your jaw to hurt. This can include an abscess, sinus infection, ear infection, and even an infection of your eye. Don't hesitate to go in and get checked if you suspect an infection, as it could literally save your life.

A heart attack can also show up as jaw pain. This is especially true in women, who tend to have fewer ‘traditional’ symptoms of a heart attack. If you suddenly get pain in your jaw, along with any feeling such as a tightness or pressure in your chest or struggling to take a deep breath, go in and get checked out immediately. It isn’t worth the risk of waiting.

Jaw pain can be a simple problem, but it can also signal other issues. Don’t try and live with pain. Instead, go in and get the problem diagnosed. It may be something easy to fix, allowing you to live a life without pain. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (303) 422-2990.

Robert Cory Ryan, DDS, MD
Mountain Oral Surgery
& Dental Implant Center

7991 Vance Drive, Suite A
Arvada CO 80003
p: (303) 422-2990

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