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Severe Jaw Pain After Dental Work

Severe Jaw Pain After Dental Work

Having severe jaw pain after dental work is a very common phenomenon. Find out the causes and treatment for such jaw pain.
Niharika Arya
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2018
Jaw pain can be caused due to many reasons like arthritis, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, injury to the jaws, etc. But severe jaw pain after dental work is very common amongst them. Getting a dental work done can be a very painful experience for some. The person is unable to eat, open his mouth, unable to talk, etc. The dental work may induce headache, ear pain and jaw pain. Sometimes the pain is very severe and the person may need to treat it immediately. In this HealthHearty article, we will discuss the causes and treatments of jaw pain after dental work.

Causes of Severe Jaw Pain After Dental Work

After the dental work you may experience a lot of pain in the teeth, ears, head and jaw. The pain may be dull or sharp, but it usually subsides with time. But in some cases the person may experience severe pain in jaws which may require medical help. Following are some of the causes which may help you to understand the cause behind the severe pain in jaws after undergoing dental work.

Crown Work
Many people get the crown work done which is usually a bit painful in the early days and then the pain subsides with time. But in some cases when the bit is not adjusted properly it might lead to severe tooth and jaw pain.

Filling Tooth
Tooth filling is one of the most dental procedure which is used to cover up the cavity and to save the tooth from further decay. This may cause severe jaw pain in some people. Basically, in this procedure the most probable cause for jaw pain is the duration for which the mouth is kept open for filling. Due to this, the jaw gets stretched out resulting in pain while coming to its original position. Allergic reaction towards the temporary cement can also be a cause of jaw pain. But the most common is the opening of the mouth.

Root canal
It is common to get severe jaw pain after root canal. The most common cause is the duration for which the mouth is opened during the root canal procedure. Any accidental injury caused by the instruments used in the procedure to the surrounding areas of canal may also be a reason behind the pain. Jaw pain on one side may indicate the effect of the root canal at the particular area.

Tooth Extraction
Tooth extraction is very painful. It not only affects the nerves and veins of the tooth but also harms the roots of the surrounding teeth. Mostly, the teeth which are decayed and have cavities are removed. The wisdom tooth is also extracted by many people. As it erupts late, many a time it is unable to get place for its eruption. This makes it very painful and hence it is extracted. This may cause inflammation in the adjoining areas and results in severe jaw pain after wisdom tooth extraction.

Treatments for Severe Jaw Pain

Though there are many different causes behind the severe jaw pain, you need to follow some of the simple ways to treat it. Below given are some of the remedies.
  • To get relief from jaw pain at home, gargle with salt water 3 to 4 times a day.
  • Hot and cold compressors are considered to be very effective in reducing pain and swelling in the jaw region. Give hot or cold compression in front of the ear and repeat it 3 to 4 times a day.
  • If the pain is unbearable then you may consult the doctor for some painkillers and injections in order to get relief from the pain.
If you are unable to get relief from the pain or are unable to bear the pain then consult your dentist. He may give you some medical treatment to overcome the problem of severe jaw pain.