Head and Jaw Pain

Relieve Your Jaw Pain

The jaw joints and groups of muscles surrounding the joints allow us to chew, swallow, speak and yawn. When there is a problem with how the joints and muscles work, you may have a temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD.


The symptoms of TMDs are:

  • Tender or sore jaw muscles. Your jaw may be even more painful when you wake up, clench your teeth, chew your food or yawn.
  • Problems opening or closing your mouth. It may be hard to open or close your jaws all the way, or your jaws may lock open or closed.
  • Headaches that you cannot explain. You may also feel pain in your neck. These may be caused by TMD, or by other problems. Tell your dentist AND your doctor.
  • A clicking or grinding noise when you chew or yawn. You may hear strange noises in your jaw joints, such as clicking or popping when you open your mouth, or crunching and grinding sounds when you chew.

Cause and Effect

  • Clenching and grinding your teeth. Clenching your jaw muscles can cause them to ache. Some people grind their teeth or clench their jaw muscles when they are under stress.
  • Injury to your face or jaws. Broken (or fractured) jaws, a jaw joint that has been knocked out of place (or dislocated) and “whiplash” may cause TMD.
  • Some diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, may affect the jaw joints and muscles.
  • If your jaw does not grow the right way, your teeth may not line up the way they should. This can make it hard to bite and chew, and may lead to TMD.
  • Sleep apnea

The cause of TMD is not always clear. Here are some of the things that MAY cause it:

Other things that MAY lead to TMD are:

  • Worn, loose, or missing teeth
  • Gum problems
  • Partial or full dentures that are not the right fit
  • Habits such as biting on your pen or pencil

We encourage you to call our office today to schedule your consultation or to discuss your questions regarding head and jaw pain with Dr. Bakhshi 403-249-9118.

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Calgary, AB, T3H 5R8

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