Jaw Pain: May be Caused by Dental Problems – Troy Family Dental

Jaw Pain: May be Caused by Dental Problems

Are you having jaw pain with dental issues?

Nearly nine in ten types of diseases can produce symptoms in your mouth. That puts Troy Family Dental in the St. Louis Metro East on the front line for spotting severe health conditions growing silently in your body. This is one reason it’s so essential to see the dentist at Troy Family Dental two times annually for dental cleanings and checkups.

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Jaw pain described as an aching pain or throbbing. It can start off mild and start to get more intense. Recognizing the underlying issues is the initial step in treating jaw pain. Here are a few conditions to look out for.

When considering your teeth and gums at home, it’s also important to recognize new problems in your mouth. They can be warning signs of more dangerous conditions in your body. Signs to look out for cover:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum, tooth, or jaw pain
  • Random loose or teeth that have fallen out
  • Reappearing bad breath
  • Sores, unusual patches, or bumps in your mouth

If you see any of these signs, please call Troy Family Dental right away at 618-667-8020 and set up a consultation. Dr. Richard Boatman, ’17 topDentist™ and Dr. Jordan Spencer can diagnose precise dental issues that may be developing. Call us today!

Toothache Causes

Toothache Symptoms

Toothaches along with jaw pain are the most common types of dental complaints when visiting Troy Family Dental. There can be bad pain or sensitivity to hot and cold drinks, along with food. Once you have finished eating or drinking the pain may last for 15 seconds. The more inflammation, the more severe the pain may become. Pain may be present in the cheek or ear as well, along with the jaw. Here are additional signs and symptoms:

  • Hot or cold sensitivity
  • Swelling at tooth
  • Inflammation of the jaw
  • Pain while chewing
  • Bleeding or secretion from around a tooth or gums
  • Damage or injury to the area where the pain is occurring.

These signs and symptoms may also be associated with:

  • Dental decay
  • Gum disease
  • Periodontal disease

Tapping on the infected tooth may make the pain more severe. This may point to a problem even know the tooth may look good from naked eye.

Grinding of the Teeth

Grinding may cause damage to your teeth. Teeth grinding is one of the main jaw pain causes. Also known as clenching the teeth. People may grind their teeth when they are stressed, some grind their teeth while sleeping, they may not be aware of it. Grinding your teeth can likely lead to some major dental problems. Reducing stress or wearing a mouthguard at night is one way to prevent grinding.


Osteomyelitis moves through the bloodstream attacking bones and surrounding tissues. It is an infection. When someone has osteomyelitis in the jaw, temporomandibular joint, known as TMJ. is affected. This may create jaw pain, possible fever, and inflammation. Osteomyelitis is treatable with antibiotics or surgery to extract the parts of the bone that have been contaminated.

TMJ Disorder

Temporomandibular disorder, also identified as TMD, affects the temporomandibular joint in the jaw. In addition to discomfort, this disorder can cause the jaw to produce a clicking noise when opening the mouth or chewing. In critical cases, the disorder can even cause the jaw to shift permanently adhered in an open or closed position.

Other Dental Conditions
  • Gum disease
  • Cavities
  • Abscessed tooth
  • cold sores

Although many of these concerns don’t directly affect the jaw, the pain can spread into the jaw area. Good home health care regimen and visiting Troy Family Dental on a bi-annual (twice a YEAR) regular basis can help eliminate or control any of these conditions.

Jaw and mouth pain is a sign of stress.

Troy Family Dental can help you find the source of jaw discomfort; many times these are treatable conditions such as a toothache, sinus issues, or gum disease.

Pain or discomfort in the jaw are also symptoms to having a heart attack. It is important to seek medical advice as soon as possible. It could help save your life or that of a family member.

An Abscessed Tooth

The abscessed tooth, possible causes by a dental pulp or nerve that is infected. When the bacteria from an infection materializes in the root of the tooth, it may affect any neighboring bone tissues. This may cause significant jaw pain. Having regular bi-annual dental exams at Troy Family Dental along with treating any dental cavities immediately, is one of the best ways to take care of this issue.

Sore Gums and Bleeding Gums

Gums with pain or bleed may be because of gum disease that is getting worse. Gum disease is may be more severe with people who have diabetes. Gum disease places your gums at risk for redness and inflammation because of the bacteria in plaque.

Diabetes may also have other symptoms:

  • Fruity-smelling breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Oral fungal contaminations
Loose or Lost Teeth

If you have teeth that are moving or all of a sudden falling out these are signs of advanced gum disease. Tooth loss may be early signs of osteoporosis that weakens the bones and decreases the density of the bones.