Jaw pain is common and it can become extremely painful. Surprisingly, it affects millions of people across the globe. It can make it difficult to eat, sleep, or talk. So, what’s going on? What is causing your muscle pain in the jaw?
Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, or TMJD, is a common cause of muscle pain in the jaw area. This disorder affects your jaw joints – which are hinge joints on the side of your face. Grinding your teeth, clenching, or trauma directly to the jaw can cause this disorder to arise.
Toothaches and sinus problems can also manifest as muscle pain in the jaw. The pain radiates – causing you to think that it is coming from your jawline. Headaches or neural problems can also create pain in this area.