Wisdom teeth jaw pain may occur in persons who are experiencing muscle spasms. In many cases, nite guards can be helpful, but physio and active massage may be required as well. If this doesn’t work, patients are advised to have radiographs done as to check whether there is something unusual in the bone. On the other hand, wisdom teeth jaw pain may be unrelated to jaws/ teeth. Consultation with a neurologist may be helpful given that the problem is very general.
Pain in the area of the jaw may also indicate an active infection or a dry socket. It is a good idea to check whether the lymph nodes feel swollen. If it is a throbbing pain, this may be associated with a dry pocket. Normally this type of wisdom teeth pain is quite intense, and it cannot be mistaken. If you have a dry socket, the nerves and bone tissue in it are exposed to food, fluids, and air.
This can result in intense pain which is not limited to the dry socket. It can be along the nerves, which radiate to the eye and ear found on the same side. According to some practitioners, it is a ‘deep tissue’ pain(1) meaning that the brain has difficulty recognizing it. It is hard to identify the source if the whole side of the head is throbbing.
Wisdom teeth jaw pain is also associated with partially erupted teeth. In many cases, they have a gum pouch over the crown, which represents an excess gum tissue. It can cause pain if it gets infected. The gums start swelling, and the opposite tooth bites into the gum tissue. To avoid biting the swollen gum, the patient either shifts away from his normal bite or keeps his mouth open.
Avoiding the swollen gum tissue results in a bad bite, forcing the jaw joints into wrong positions. This, on the other hand, causes discomfort and pressure in the jaw structures. The joints become tender and inflamed, with the bad bite forcing them to push into the ears. The jaw muscles attempt to fix the problem, but they begin to hurt and go into spasm.
This is yet another reason why patients experience jaw pain associated with wisdom teeth. One complication of tooth infections is that pus may enter the jaw muscles and irritate them. Patients find it difficult to open their mouth, which causes headache.