Each joint in your body has its own importance, and each of them play an essential role in the normal functioning and movement of your body parts. Similarly, discomfort or pain in any joint disrupts daily activities.
However, when it comes to jaw joints – inconvenience becomes an understatement. Jaw joint pain can affect your ability to eat, chew and even talk.
If you’re having jaw joint pain or simply pain in your jew, there can be several reasons for it, and in this post we will be discussing the major causes so you can understand your condition better.
TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorders:
TMJ is a specific joint that connects your lower jaw portion with the skull. This is present on both sides of your skull and is located a few centimetres ahead of your ears.
Without this joint you won’t be able to open and close your mouth, denying you of basic functions like talking and eating. TMJ is also used in medical terms to refer to the issues related to this jaw joint. These TMJ disorders can cause stiffness of the joint, facial pain and problems in even moving your face. TMJ is found more often in women than men.
It isn’t an easy job to find out the cause of a TMJ disorder. Sudden shocks of stress to the joint can play a vital role in enhancing them. Several other medical issues also aid to the development of these jaw disorders including:
- Wearing orthodontic braces for a long time.
- Poor neck posture.
TMJ disorders can be treated easily by following a few at home practices. Reducing jaw movements, jaw stress and eating soft food are among the recommended fixes.
Here’s an excellent video for treating TMJ and jaw joint pain with simple exercises:
An Abscessed Tooth:
An abscessed tooth is in the form of an ulcer that arises as a result of a tooth getting infected. Tooth infections often occur because of dental cavities, especially when they are left untreated and exposed to bacteria.
A congestion of pus is formed when the bacteria travels from the jaw root to the tooth. Along its way, the bacteria affects the surrounding tissues as well. This phenomenon also causes severe jaw pain in many cases. The only way to stay free from such issues is to visit the dentist regularly and get your teeth flossed every once in a while.
This isn’t a cause of jaw joint pain, but is one of the most common causes of pain in the jaw in general.
A Dislocated Jaw:
Injuries may occur to either one or both joints that connect your jaw to the skull. The dislocation also involves the TMJ but it cannot be referred to as a disorder. The TMJ can fracture; crack or even separate from the skull in some extreme cases. Separation of a jaw joint from the skull is called “dislocation”.
This is a drastic jaw condition and only occurs in case of a serious accident or collision involving your face. You can prevent such injuries by wearing a helmet in all activities where your face is exposed to the probability of a collision. For example while playing contact sports or riding a motorbike.
That’s all for now. We hope this post helps you understand your jaw pain better and realize the different causes of pain in your jaw, including but not limited to jaw joint issues. If you have any experience you want to share or your own feedback, please feel free to comment below.