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What is causing my jaw pain?

I am a 32-year-old female. I have had jaw pain for 2 weeks. What could be the cause?

5 Answers

There are several possible causes of jaw pain that may be related to physical injury, nerve problems, blood vessel problems. The most comply reported cause of jaw pain is TMJ disorder. Some other causes are teeth grinding, clenching, arthritis, osteomyelitis, and dental conditions such as gun disease, cavities, and abscesses.
There are many causes for jaw aim. Some solutions are simple while others can be quite complicated. Regardless of the difficulty, pain is nature’s way of telling that’s something is wrong. See a dentist soon. 

A visit to an American Dental Association dentist can help with a diagnosis.
If by jaw pain, you are referring to the TMJ (the joint), it may be caused by several different factors. It is best to have an evaluation by a dentist for proper diagnosis. You could be experiencing pain due to trauma to the joint associated with grinding your teeth in your sleep or from over extending the joint. If by jaw pain, you are referring to the bone of the upper or lower jaw that holds the teeth, it may be a dental infection which will require treatment by your dentist. Either way, it is best to have an exam to determine the cause.
Jaw pain can be from many things including but not limited to impacted wisdom teeth, pathology of the jaw structure, parafunctional habits like grinding/clenching, or infection of a back tooth that mimics jaw pain. See a dentist to find out the reason for your pain.