Jaw

Pain in upper or lower jaws which either emanates from the same region or is radiated from another region.

  • Jaw pain

Common causes

Jaw pain is not always related to an underlying condition. It may be caused by:

  • Injuries to the jaw or face
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth impaction
  • Eating hard or tough foods

Treatment

Self Treatment

Self-treatment: Self- care steps that may be helpful in some less- serious cases:

  • Avoid trying to open to the jaw completely
  • Apply cold compress to reduce swelling and pain – apply for 20- 30 minutes using an ice pack wrapped in a towel
  • Keep the head of your bed elevated to reduce swelling
  • Try OTC pain relievers
  • Try having a soft/mashed food diet to avoid excessive chewing movement

Doctor

See a doctor if you notice:

  • Intensity of pain keeps increasing
  • Difficulty while eating or sleeping
  • Signs of swelling

Urgent

See a doctor immediately if you notice:

  • Persistent pain or tenderness in the jaw
  • Inability to open or close the jaw completely
  • Chest pain
  • Foul smell from the mouth
  • Severe pain while chewing or drinking
  • Pain due to a fall or accident

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