Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Anatomy

Jaw Pain Anatomy

To better understand jaw pain, it helps to understand the anatomy of the face and jaw.

The bones of the face include:

  • Frontal bone:
    • Forehead
  • Mandible:
    • Lower jaw
  • Maxilla:
    • Inner cheek bones
  • Nasal bones
  • Zygoma:
    • Outer cheek bones

Anatomy of the face includes:
  • Bones of the face and skull
  • Muscles of the face
  • Arteries and nerves of the face
  • The orbit
  • The nasal bones
  • The jaw

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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