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Why Might Only One Part of Your Jaw Hurt but Not the Other?
Posted on 6/8/2020 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Why Might Only One Part of Your Jaw Hurt but Not the Other?Do you have pain in part of your jaw? Most of the time, if you overwork your jaw, it hurts on both sides. The same is true if you're dealing with TMJ. However, sometimes one part of the jaw hurts, but the rest of it feels fine. What causes this? There can be a number of issues.


Toothache


Sometimes, the pain in your jaw is actually caused by a tooth on that side of your face. Tooth pain, gum infections, and other oral issues can cause pain to radiate down into the jaw. Sometimes, the pain actually feels like it's originating in your jaw rather than your mouth, so you may not think to call us right away. However, if you aren't sure what else could be the cause, it may be time to book an appointment.


Sinus Infection


If you have a serious infection in your sinuses, it can cause pain to radiate down into your jaw. Again, this pain is often felt on both sides of your face and jaw, but it can be one-sided if the infection is primarily in your left or right sinus cavity.


Tension Headaches


Headaches can cause pain throughout your entire head and face, including one side or the other. Many times, these are cluster headaches, which are some of the most painful. Unfortunately, there may not be much you can to do treat them other than take over-the-counter medication and rest in a dark, quiet room.


Neuropathy


Neuropathy generally affects the legs, feet, arms, and hands, but it can affect any part of the body. This nerve damage causes the brain to receive pain signals from parts of the body, even when there's no cause for that pain. If you have neuropathy in your face, you may experience these flashes of pain on one side of your jaw. The pain can happen randomly or be more continuous.
Having jaw pain in one part of your face? Give us a call to schedule a consultation so we can figure out what's causing it.
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