If you wake up in the morning and your jaw feels "locked" or you experience pain every time you chew or yawn, find out what's going on and what you can do about it.
According to healthline, jaw pain can be due to a variety of reasons, such as sinus pressure, TMJ problems, or problems with the teeth and gums.
The jaw has connections and can be irritated by any action in the mouth, such as chewing, sucking, and brushing. Poor jaw convergence can also cause severe pain.
Causes associated with jaw pain.
The condition is known as bruxism and occurs mainly during sleep. Patients involuntarily grind their teeth excessively. Grinding and clenching can occur with a frequency and intensity that can cause facial, jaw, and ear pain, headaches, and problems with teeth, gums, and tongue in some people.
Gum disease, or infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth, can be caused by poor oral hygiene, hormonal changes, diabetes, and smoking. It does not directly affect the jawbone, but pain can spread to the jaw area. If you notice any signs of gum disease, such as bad breath, pain when chewing, tooth or gum sensitivity, loose teeth, bleeding or swollen gums, see your dentist immediately.
If a tooth is decayed and needs to be removed, the pain may extend beyond the decayed tooth into the jawbone. Infection can spread from the root of the tooth into the bone, causing severe pain in the jaw.
Jaw pain can be caused by inflammation of the sinuses, allergies, or colds. Sinusitis can be acute or chronic, infectious or non-infectious. The type and severity of the disease depend on the duration of inflammation. Inflammation can block the small passages that connect the nose and sinuses and prevent them from draining, causing pain in the face, forehead, between the eyebrows and behind the eyes, or in the cheeks, upper teeth, and jaw.
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