Pain in the mandible, temporomandibular joint and the adjacent tissues is known as jaw ache. The temporomandibular joint connects the cranium with the mandible. There are numerous factors that can cause jaw ache. These factors are:
- Physical injury or trauma
- Sinuses can cause jaw pain because the sinus cavities are situated near the jaw area and when these become inflamed, the jaw is affected as well
- Temporomandibular joint disorder, in which the temporomandibular joint becomes inflamed
- Other diseases pertaining to the mouth
- Whiplash are injuries of the neck which can sometimes cause pain in the jaws
- Inappropriate bone structure from birth
- Heart disease also has a connection with jaw pain and some people suffering from heart disease also face jaw ache
- Tooth decay
Jaw ache has the potential to cause pain in the other joined parts of the body as well, for instance, jaw ache can cause tooth ache, headache, earache and pain and discomfort while eating, chewing and speaking.
After starting the treatment for removing and eliminating the precise cause of the jaw ache, other treatment measures are taken. Exercises for the jaw can be done, which will trigger the blood circulation and make the jaws healthy. Massaging the jaw area can also be soothing and comforting. Medications are also prescribed by physicians to reduce or eliminate the pain.