7 Causes Of Jaw Pain In The Morning, Explains Expert

Jaw pain in the morning can be due to several reasons, including cavities, gum diseases, and your sleeping position.

Varun Verma
Written by: Varun VermaUpdated at: Nov 30, 2022 18:43 IST
7 Causes Of Jaw Pain In The Morning, Explains Expert

You might not know what is wrong if you have been experiencing constant jaw pain in the morning. Knowing what's causing pain in your jaw may help you take action to relieve it or perhaps even stop it from happening in the first place. To know about the causes of jaw pain in the morning, the OnlyMyHealth team talked to Dr Kishkindha (BDS). Here are seven causes of jaw pain in the morning.

1. Teeth Grinding

You may be clenching or grinding your teeth in your sleep without even realising it. Thus, when you wake up in the morning, you have a painful jaw. 

2. Tooth Cavities

The outer layers of a tooth are often where dental cavities start to form. This happens due to the activity of bad bacteria in your mouth. If left unattended, the cavities start forming into the inner layers of your tooth and reach the root, affecting the surrounding tissues and bones. The effects of cavities can lead to a painful jaw in the morning.

3. Gum Disease

Your jaw may have pain due to gum disease, also known as gingivitis (the swelling of gums) which may further involve bone leading to periodontitis. In this condition, your gums experience inflammation due to the accumulation of bacteria and plaque buildup. If this is not treated, it can make its way down to the bone and affect other tissues as well, causing significant jaw pain.

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4. Sleeping Position

The way you sleep can also affect your jaw. Any pressure while you sleep can displace your jaw out of its natural position. This happens when you sleep on your stomach or on the side where your jaw experiences constant pressure till the time you are sleeping. Thus, when you wake up, you have a sore aching jaw.

5. Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are also known to cause jaw pain. This set of teeth often does not have enough room to properly erupt. This results in putting unwarranted pressure on neighbouring teeth and as a result, these teeth become misaligned, causing pain. Additionally, the wisdom teeth frequently become impacted, or stuck in your jaw and are unable to fully erupt through the gums, which can result in jaw pain.

6. Inflammation of Sinuses

Near your jawbone and the roots of your upper teeth are several sinuses. These sinuses get filled with fluid, resulting in congestion. This pressurises your teeth as well as your jaw. Additionally, when there is inflammation in your sinus, your jaw experiences pain.

7. TMJ Disorder

Your two temporomandibular joints, which attach your lower jaw to your skull, might be impacted by temporomandibular disorders. This joint disorder may also restrict the movement of your jaw, causing difficulty in opening and closing of mouth and clicking or popping sounds on movement. It also might lead to deviation of the lower jaw.

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The first step in treating your jaw pain is to identify what is causing it. Your jaw pain may be temporary or can be a sign of something big. In any case, getting a diagnosis and treatment by a medical professional is recommended. You can visit a dentist if your jaw pain is a result of your oral health issue.

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