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How Can One Side of Your Jaw Hurt but Not the Other?

Posted on 10/15/2019 by Alyce
How Can One Side of Your Jaw Hurt but Not the Other?Extreme, sudden pain on one of your jaws can be quite alarming. However, on many occasions, it's usually not always entirely serious.

You might be wondering whether you are suffering from dental issues like an abscessed tooth or cavities. Alternatively, you might be wondering whether you may have been grinding your teeth overnight.

There are several possible causes of one-sided jaw pain. Many of these range from underlying dental conditions to sinusitis to TMJ.


The inflammation of your nasal cavities may result in a condition known as sinusitis. This tends to happen when you have a cold. Other medical conditions, including allergies, may also contribute to sinusitis. In instances where the sinus cavities located behind your cheeks become inflamed, then you may experience pain on either one or both sides of your jaw.

Dental Conditions

Constant pain on one side of your jaw can be traced back to oral or dental health concerns. Some of the common dental conditions include abscessed teeth, cavities, tooth decay or gum diseases, misaligned or missing teeth, tooth clenching or grinding or the growth of wisdom teeth.

If the pain that you are experiencing is related to dental issues, then you might have additional symptoms such as sensitive teeth, bad breath, painful and bleeding gums, tooth pain which lingers and sores in your mouth.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Also known as TMD, temporomandibular joint disorders affect the jaw's temporomandibular joints. Apart from constant pain, TMD can also cause your jaw to make clicking sounds, especially when chewing or opening the mouth. In very extreme cases, the disorder can make the patient's jaw to be stuck in either a permanent or close position.

If you are experiencing pain on one side of your jaw, then reach out to us as soon as possible. We will be able to do an examination and establish the condition that you might be suffering from before offering treatment.
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