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Jaw Pain at Shenton Park Family Dental

Jaw pain can be a debilitating condition, affecting your ability to eat, talk and even sleep comfortably. Various factors can lead to jaw discomfort, ranging from dental issues to muscle strain. Identifying the root cause is essential for effective treatment. Here are some common triggers of jaw pain and the possible remedies.

Wisdom Teeth Complications

Woman with jaw painImpacted or erupting wisdom teeth are frequent culprits of jaw pain. These teeth may emerge misaligned or cause crowding, exerting pressure on adjacent teeth and the jawbone. If wisdom teeth are the source of your discomfort, extraction can provide significant relief and prevent further dental complications.


Bruxism, or the habitual grinding and clenching of teeth, often occurs unconsciously, especially during sleep. This condition can lead to muscle fatigue in the jaws, bulging muscles and trigger points that cause persistent pain. Additionally, bruxism can cause substantial damage to your teeth. Managing this condition often involves wearing a custom mouthguard to prevent grinding, coupled with stress reduction techniques.

TMJ Disorders

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone to your skull, and issues with this joint can lead to various symptoms, including pain, limited mouth opening and noises from the joint like clicking or locking. TMJ disorders may require comprehensive management strategies, such as oral appliances to align the jaw or physical therapy to strengthen and relax the jaw muscles.

Toothaches and Dental Issues

Severe toothaches, often a result of abscesses, infections or inflammation within the tooth or gum, can also radiate pain to the jaw. These dental issues require prompt treatment, such as fillings, root canals or extractions, to alleviate pain and prevent further oral health deterioration.

Sinus Infections

Sinus infections can cause pain, mimicking dental issues, as the sinus cavities are near the jaw area. Treating the underlying sinus infection can significantly reduce jaw pain.

Take That First Step Towards Relief

If you’re experiencing persistent jaw pain, it’s important not to ignore it. Contact Shenton Park Family Dental today to schedule an appointment.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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