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Lower Jaw Pain

| June 16, 2012

Lower jaw pain occurs due to numerous factors, ranging from the bone to the joint issues and also  dental problems. Sometimes it could be as a results of an injury or infection.
Temporomandibular Joint (jaw joint) disorder (TMJ) is simply just a condition in which the jaw joint is damaged or stressed, or  if the alignment isn’t proper, thereby causing jaw joint pain, although jaw pain isn’t only caused by TMJ, there are other reasons that can cause this condition.

Causes and Management of Lower Jaw Pain

TMJ Disorder

TMJ Disorder is just about the most common and known cause of jaw pain. TMJ is found directly in front of the ear on both sides of the head. That is the spot where the upper and lower jaw meet. Surrounding the TMJ are other parts which facilites the movement of the joints. Any problem affecting this particular joint may result to pain within the lower jaw.

Bone Metastases

This is an odd growth within and outside a bone’s preexisting structure. It develops as a result of some particular form of cell in your bones. It occurs when these cells are infected because of cancer cells, ultimately causing abnormal bone cells and subsequently odd bone growth. Now, in such a circumstance should arise within the TMJ, the modern growth will push the jaw from the socket. This could result in upper or lower jaw pain or both. Another way by which bone metastases can cause jaw pain is the when it also affect the hollow chamber of the jaw. this unwanted protrusion stuffs itself inside the bone in a way that the resulting stress from that pressure brings about left lower jaw pain and right lower jaw pain. If this isn’t handled immediately, a jaw can break open from the inside.


Arthritis is joint disorder. This means that it may affect any joint, such as jaw joint. Arthritis is really a degenerative joint disease, that results from infection, trauma or just aging. Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis. Arthritis rheumatoid can also cause severe lower jaw pain, depending on the seriousness of the arthritis.

Dental Issues

Dental surgery, extraction of wisdom teeth or untreated cavities, etc could also cause jaw pain. Tooth abscess or toothache can be associated with jaw pain.

Other Causes

Other causes of lower jaw pain includes migraine, nail biting, jaw cyst, jaw tumor, grinding and clenching your tooth or bruxism, misalignment in the teeth is also one of the reasons for lower jaw pain.


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