What other symptoms might occur with jaw pain?

Jaw pain may be accompanied by other symptoms, depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Body systems that are seemingly unrelated to the jaw area can also be affected. For example, you may have a fever if the jaw pain is due to an infection or inflammatory process.

Symptoms that may occur along with jaw pain

Jaw pain may occur with other symptoms including:

  • Dizziness

  • Ear pain

  • Fatigue in the facial area

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Limited ability to open your mouth wide

  • Neck pain

  • Popping or clicking sound while chewing or yawning

  • Shoulder pain

  • Swelling around the jaw or face

  • Tongue numbness

  • Tooth pain

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, jaw pain may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition, such as a heart attack, that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Symptoms that may indicate a serious or life-threatening condition include:

  • Chest pain or pressure that spreads to the arm, shoulder, neck, and jaw

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Locked jaw

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Sweating


What is jaw pain?

Jaw pain is any kind of pain or discomfort in the jaw area, which includes the lower jaw (mandible, often referred to as the jaw bone), temporomandibular joint (TMJ or jaw joint), and surrounding soft tissues. The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull and is responsible for bringing the lower and upper jaws together. It is one of the most frequently us... Read more about jaw painintroduction


What causes jaw pain?

Jaw pain is a symptom of a variety of different diseases, disorders and conditions. If you experience pain on one or both sides of your head in front of your ears, you may have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD is characterized by pain, tenderness, and trouble opening your mouth. TMD can be caused by behaviors, such as teeth grinding, improperly aligned teeth or bite, and age-related ... Read more about jaw paincauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 2, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Mouth, Teeth and Oral Health, Heart Attack, Angina, Sinusitis