A more common cause of jaw pain on one side is sinusitis, or inflammation in the nasal cavity. Sinusitis usually occurs as a result of a cold or allergies. Since the condition causes inflammation in the cavities that reside behind your cheeks, it can often result in pain in one or both sides of your jaw. If you have sinusitis, you will also experience symptoms like nasal congestion, green or yellow mucus, fatigue, and facial pain and pressure. If the symptoms persist longer than a week, it’s best to visit a doctor.
More often than not, pain on one side of your jaw is linked to a dental problem like cavities, an abscess, wisdom teeth, gum disease, missing or misaligned teeth, or clenching and grinding. If a dental problem is the cause of your one-sided jaw pain, it’s usually accompanied by other symptoms such as bad breath, sensitive teeth, sores in your mouth, tooth pain, bleeding and painful gums, or pain with swallowing and chewing.
The last and most common cause of jaw pain on one side is TMJ disorders. The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to the skull. There is a disc inside the joint that separates the bones and helps the jaw move properly. When the disc becomes damaged or misaligned, it can cause pain and other symptoms like earaches, headaches, and clicking or popping on one or both sides of the jaw.
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If you suspect that dental problems or TMJ is the cause of your jaw pain, visiting Dr. Appolon for a consultation will give you an answer. If dental problems or TMJ are the cause, we will create an individualized treatment plan to reduce your pain and manage your symptoms. Please contact us at (212) 557-8668 to schedule a consultation at our Midtown Manhattan dental office today.