Pain in Jaw
Mouth | Odontologie | Pain in Jaw (Symptom)
Jaw pain is any kind of pain or discomfort in the jaw area, which includes the lower jaw (mandible, often referred to as the jaw bone), temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and surrounding soft tissues. The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull and is responsible for bringing the lower and upper jaws together. It is one of the most frequently used joints in the body.
Jaw pain can be caused by a variety of medical problems. It is usually categorized as primary pain, which is caused by problems with the jaw itself, or secondary pain, caused by problems with other parts of the body. Some types of pain can be prevented, and many can be treated, though getting treatment early is important.
Some of the most common causes of jaw pain include trauma, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMDs), and sinus infections. Some people also experience pain in the jaw when they have a heart attack or migraine.