What does Jaw Pain Mean?


Jaw pain can be debilitating. It might develop slowly and become stronger with time, or you might be caught off-guard by sudden, intense pain. Identifying the cause of the pain is essential to addressing it. If you have pain in your jaw, we will work with you to find the source and get you relief.

Common causes of pain include:

1. Teeth grinding
Teeth grinding affects a substantial minority of people. The grinding or clenching often occurs during sleep and can seriously damage teeth, gums, and jawbone. A night guard can help stop the grinding and associated symptoms.

2. TMJ
This common condition affects the temporomandibular joints, or the joints connecting your jaw to your skull. It causes the jaw to often become stuck open or closed, and pain and discomfort particularly during chewing or biting. Treatments can include conservative therapies or surgical interventions.

3. Dental disease
Dental problems can also be to blame for pain in the jaw. These issues do not begin in the jaw, but the pain can radiate or spread to the bone. These include severe decay, abscesses, periodontal disease, cracked teeth, or other dental problems.

Call our Huntington Beach dentist today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.


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