Sore Jaw Muscles: Causes of Sore Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle

The temporomandibular joint of the face is an important joint in many ways, it attaches the mandible with the upper part of face, it helps us to open our mouth, to chew the food, to talk etc. you get sore jaw muscles when this joint is strained, or if there is spasm of the jaw muscles due to inflammation in the temporomandibular joint.

Causes of Sore Jaw Muscles

  • Certain habits are commonly known to cause unnecessary strain on the muscles of the jaw, and result into sore jaw muscles.
    Holding the phone between the shoulder and cheek, carrying a heavy bag on the shoulder can cause soreness in jaw muscles.
  • Chewing gum can also cause the same problem of sore jaw muscles.
  • Some people have habit to clench their teeth when angry; they usually suffer from sore jaw muscles.
  • Trauma to the jaw can also cause sore jaw muscles.
  • Talking loudly with opening the mouth widely can also be a reason for sore jaw muscles.
  • In certain other medical conditions, such as tetany, dehydration, and myocardial infarction can also cause sore jaw muscles.
  • Some people clench and grind their teeth when they are stressed, this may give rise to pain in the jaw as the muscles go into spasms.

Also see Sore Muscles for No Reason

    When you suffer from sore jaw muscles you will not be able to open your mouth properly, there will be difficulty in chewing, pain in the facial muscles, headache, ear pain, toothaches and grating sound in the joint while opening or closing the mouth.

    Also see Sore Muscles After Exercise