Jaw pain is often described as a throbbing, uncomfortable pain. It can happen all of a sudden, or it can start off mild and become more intense over time. However, the exact symptoms will vary depending on the root cause. Jaw pain may occur on one side or on both sides, depending upon the cause. Also depending upon the exact cause, the pain may occur when chewing or may occur at rest.
HOW IS JAW ACHE DIAGNOSED?
The dentist will perform a physical examination and ask for medical history to diagnose the condition. He may suggest a few tests which include full face X-rays so he can view your jaws, temporomandibular joints, and teeth to rule out other problems. He may need to do other tests, like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT). The MRI can show if the TMJ disc is in the proper position as your jaw moves. A CT scan shows the bony detail of the joint.
HOW IS JAW ACHE TREATED?
While in some cases, the symptoms of Jaw Ache may go away without any treatment, but if the symptoms persist, the doctor will prescribe medication to relieve the pain in the jaw. In a severe case of Jaw Ache, the doctor might recommend a therapy to treat Jaw Ache.
DID YOU KNOW?
Osteomyelitis is a common infection of the jaw that may be responsible for the jaw ache. Ruling out this infection is important to determine the right treatment.