Why Does My Jaw Hurt On One Side?


In some cases, a problem with the jaw can be caused by something that doesn’t have to do with the body. Examples include chewing gum, eating hard foods, getting hit in the jaw, grinding your teeth, or opening your mouth too wide 

Does one side of your jaw hurt once you wake in the morning? Perhaps you have pain both on the sides of your jaw during the day. At work, at home, or with your friends and family, there’s nothing more annoying and distracting than having jaw pain all the time. However, there are a lot of things that can cause jaw pain, so if you want to treat the problem, you need to figure out why you’re having so much pain. Putting too much pressure on your jaw can cause pain and discomfort on one edge of one’s jaw, which is why you should not clench or move your jaw too much.

Why Does My Jaw Hurt On One Side


In vertebrates, the jaws refer to the top and bottom bone structures that serve as a framework of a mouth and serve as receptacles again for teeth. Jaw pain is frequently connected with the lower jaw, or jaw, which is the face’s strongest bone. It articulates also with temporal bone on either side to form the TMJ joint, frequently abbreviated as TMJ. The TMJ is a joint that allows that enables you to eat, swallow, speak, and yawn. Disorders with from this area can result in jaw soreness, and understanding this anatomy aids in the official diagnosis of jaw pain, whether minor or severe.

Many things can cause jaw pain on one side.

1. The TMD

Tmj diseases, also called TMD and TMJ disorders are a term for a condition that makes these joints as well as the hinge muscle above work in the wrong way. It is caused either by having to click or bursting of the mouth and a hard time opening the mouth. Aching in your ears and pain and tenderness in your jaw may happen. When you eat, your jaw may hurt.


Bruxism, more frequently referred to as teeth clenching, is a primary cause of jaw pain. Bruxism is the term used to describe the crushing or clenching of teeth for no apparent reason; it is not related to either chewing or eating. Numerous people grind their teeth while sleeping, resulting in serious tooth loss and destruction, gum infections, and exhausted jaw joints. Nighttime grinding is more severe than daytime grinding because your defensive reflexes are turned off while you sleep, allowing for far more severe grinding. The majority of people will awaken with mandible pain or discomfort, occasionally on one side of their face (either the left or right side). Teeth grinding is primarily caused by stress and worry, and also stimulants such as cocaine and caffeine. 


A disease of the bone called osteomyelitis is caused by bacteria that travel through to the body’s blood system and can actually impact both vertebrae and tissue. This is called osteomyelitis. Osteomyelitis of the jaw affects the TMJ, which causes jaw pain, swelling of the face, and a fever. Most of the time, the bacteria enter the body because the poor oral hygiene, after oral surgery, or because the jaw has been broken. Among men, it is much more common than among women, and it is more likely to be found in the mandible (the lower jaw bone) than the maxilla (the upper jaw bone).


It is also common for a tooth to become infected, which can cause pain in the jaw and face. These happen when the pulp, which is made up of nerves, tissue, and arteries, is exposed and gets damaged as a result. A virus or bacteria then spreads from the mouth to the gums and bone. This causes pain in the whole mouth and jaw.



It is possible to alleviate the pain of the sore jaw by applying either a heating pad or an ice pack to an area affected for about ten minutes, then removing it and putting it back on. Warmth can help to calm an overactive jaw muscle, whereas cold can aid in minims edema in the jaw area.


Pain relievers like acetaminophen and paracetamol can help ease your pain during the day.


Massage of the jaw muscles can assist in reducing stress inside the area and soothing tired muscles and joints. Rub hurting areas in a circular movement with the index and middle fingers. A Neck massage may also be beneficial.


The best way to keep your jaw pain from getting worse is based on what is making it hurt. As an example, if you have osteomyelitis, it’s very likely that you’ll need antimicrobials to be got rid of the infection in your bones.


Having a night guard helps keep you from clenching or grinding your teeth at night, which can lead to morning and daytime jaw pain. It protects your gums and can help you minimize the frequency with which you grind the teeth in the long run. You should always see your dentist if you’re experiencing jaw pain to identify the best course of action. For example, a bruxism night guarding or a Temporomandibular mouth guard may be recommended by your dentist based on your situation.


TMDs and tooth grinding are both associated with feelings of stress and anxiety. As a result, minimizing daily stress and developing stress-management strategies may help you experience less jaw pain. Stress can be alleviated via meditation, mindfulness, regular exercise, and spending time with loved ones.

When you visit your dentist, do it often.

Visiting your dentist on a regular basis helps to maintain your teeth, gums, and jaw in good shape. It also stops any oral problems that might happen from getting worse, so you don’t have to worry about them getting worse. If you ever have a lot of pain on one side of your mouth or teeth, or if something doesn’t feel right within this area, make an appointment with your dentist. Some people may need to have their teeth removed or have a root canal done.

If you’re suffering from one-sided jaw pain, don’t suffer in quiet. We utilize our jaws on a daily basis; therefore it’s critical to take care of them if they become sore or painful.

Linda S.Ruehlman,PhD

Linda S.Ruehlman,PhD

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