Why does my jaw hurt on one side when I chew?
Notice jaw pain on one side of your mouth lately?
What causes jaw pain?
Jaw pain can start off mild and gradually become intense, or it can just happen suddenly while chewing, laughing or opening the mouth. The exact symptoms often vary depending on the primary cause of the pain. Before treating jaw pain, properly identifying the cause is very critical.
Here are the major causes of jaw pain;
Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
Your lower jawbone (the mandible) is attached to the skull, the temporal bone, by a pair of joints known as the TMJS (temporomandibular joints). These joints allow both sliding and hinging motions of your mouth. Damage to these joints is what causes TMD, resulting in pain in your jaw, face, and even the neck. Besides the pain, TMD may cause a clicking or popping sound with continuous chewing or when you open your mouth. Arthritis, strained ligaments, and tendons, disk problems are some of the problems dentists say can lead TMD. Teeth grinding and clenching habits that put too much pressure on the joints can also lead to the development of TMD. It is often very hard to pinpoint the exact cause of TMD, making it hard for dentists to diagnose and treat the disorder.