Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Jaw Tenderness Overview

What is jaw tenderness?
A person with jaw tenderness has discomfort in the jaw when pressure is applied to the skin overlying the jaw bone. Jaw tenderness may be located in the jaw joint (TMJ), the chin, or along the teeth on the side of the jaw. Jaw tenderness may be caused by an injury, inflammation, or an infection. Periodontal disease and a dental abscess are common causes for jaw tenderness.

What are the symptoms that can accompany jaw tenderness?
Symptoms depend on the underlying cause. Symptoms that occur with jaw tenderness include jaw pain, 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 tenderness?
Treatment for jaw tenderness depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for jaw tenderness and pain may include narcotic pain medications, cold compresses, warm compresses, antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.

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