Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Anatomy

Jaw Pain Overview

What is jaw pain?
A person with jaw pain has discomfort in the jaw. Jaw pain may be located in the jaw joint or more in the teeth.

What are the symptoms of jaw pain?
Symptoms of jaw pain depend on the underlying cause. Associated symptoms include jaw swelling, facial swelling, facial pain, pain with chewing, difficulty swallowing, dental pain, gum swelling, and swollen lymph glands in the neck.

How does the doctor treat jaw pain?
Treatment of jaw pain depends on the underlying cause. Treatment measures for jaw pain may include narcotic pain medications, cold compresses, warm compresses, antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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