If you've been in an accident in the recent past, you may have experienced soreness or some sensation of pain around your jaw. This is a fairly common complaint for people who have been involved in an automobile accident or a fall.
If the pain persists, it is important that you come and see us as soon as possible to avoid developing complications later. Here are some of the common causes of jaw pain.
The temporomandibular joint is the part that connects the upper and lower jaws and allows for their smooth coordinated movement. The joint makes it possible for you to talk, eat, yawn, etc.
If you have the disorder you may experience pain on the sides of your jaw when you chew or open your mouth wide. Other symptoms include chronic ear aches, headaches, jaws lock either when open or closed, and clicking sounds when opening and closing your mouth.
Another common culprit is direct trauma on the mandible. The jaw bone is one of the most commonly fractured bones in the human body. It is therefore very likely that your pain may be caused by a fracture.
If you suspect you have a fracture, call us as soon as you possibly can. A fracture can cause serious complications if left untreated. A broken jaw can affect the functionality of the joint and the alignment of teeth.
It is possible that during the accident, you didn't actually damage your jaw bone. Your tooth may have been subjected to stress, which damaged it, but you feel the pain in the jaw. If a tooth developed an infection after an accident, it could also cause jaw pain.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (972) 594-7414 today.