Reasons for Single-Sided Jaw Pain
Posted on 8/10/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
|If you are experiencing the sudden onset of jaw pain, but only one the one side, it usually isn't anything too serious. There could be several causes of one-sided jaw pain and in this article, we will talk through some of the main causes.
Common Reasons Why You're Having One-Sided Jaw Pain
If you have some dental health problems such as a cavity, infection, gum disease, decay, or wisdom teeth growing in, this could be the cause of your pain. Tooth grinding and misaligned teeth may also cause one-sided jaw pain.
In addition to these dental problems, you may also suffer from sensitive teeth, bleeding gums, toothache, and pain when eating.
TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorders) may also cause jaw pain. TMJ disorders can affect the joint that connects the jaw and skull. If the disc that separates the bones suddenly gets damaged, this can be causing pain on either one or both sides of the jaw.
If you think that you may be suffering from TMJ disorders, you may experience jaw tenderness, earache, difficulty opening and closing your mouth, and jaw clicking.
Lastly, sinusitis can also cause one-sided jaw pain. When you have a cold or your allergies are flaring up, this causes inflammation within your nasal cavity. When this happens, this can be a direct cause of jaw pain in one or both sides.
Other symptoms of sinusitis are yellow or green mucus, feeling congested, facial pain or swelling, and no smell or taste. If you are suffering from sinusitis, this often clears on its own and requires no medical assistance. However, it persists then you may need to seek medical help.
How to Treat Single-Sided Jaw Pain
If your jaw pain is mild or caused by temporary issues, it will eventually clear up by itself. You may not need any professional medical treatment. While waiting for the pain to clear up, you should use heat to help relax the muscles and ease aches. Cold compresses are also great for helping to numb the pain.
If you sleep in the same position, try switching onto the opposite side to see if this improves your one-sided jaw pain. However, if nothing is working it may be time to see your doctor.
When to Seek Medical Help
Single-sided jaw pain isn't always something to be concerned about. However, it may require treatment is it carries on. You should schedule an appointment with our team if your pain continues for a few days or longer and if you are having trouble eating or breathing.
You should also schedule a dental check-up if you have a fever, any swelling, or finding it difficult to move your mouth. Contact our office today to book a consultation with one of our team.