Jaw pain can be caused by wisdom tooth, overuse of jaw muscles, stress, migraine headache, sinus infection, salivary gland swelling, abscess, infection, arthritis, heart attack, pain in nerve supplying the face, cyst or tumour.
Difficulty in jaw movements especially during eating and speaking. Headache. Pain in ear and temple. Ear problems. Clicking sounds on jaw movement.
Avoid over and excessive jaw movement. Avoid stress. Avoid hard food (nuts and raw vegetables) that require more jaw movement or more jaw opening such as big burgers, take soft diet. Avoid chewing gum.
Pain killers and muscle relaxants. Jaw muscle exercise. Occlusal splints. Occlusal adjustment either by orthodontics, crowns and bridges. Mouth/ Night guard. Jaw muscle massage. Ice pack application. Transcutaenous electronic nerve stimulation. Surgery.
Factors that may increase the risk of developing TMJ disorders include: