Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
164 Doctors are Online

Mild tenderness at jaw line, chronic condition. Will a dental X-ray detect the problem?

I ve had very mild tenderness at the jaw line (left) at about the mid point. I can t feel anything (like an obvious lump) that feels different from the other side. It s just tender. I ve had it for about a year. For a long time, I thought I just bruised myself. But, it s been too long to be a bruise. It s just tender to touch. If there s a problem, would it have showed up on my dental x-ray?
Asked On : Fri, 27 Jul 2012
Answers:  4 Views:  871
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Procedures
Lab Tests
Dentist 's  Response
Thank you for the query.
Tenderness along the jaw line indicates you have problem in the alveolar bone . It could any infection in the gums or teeth extending into the jaw bone and causing pain. Get an OPG done and see your dentist to rule out the exact cause for the pain. Yes, x-ray will help you rule out the cause for it but has to be examined clinically as well.
Hope this information helps you.
Take care.
Answered: Tue, 29 Jan 2013
I find this answer helpful

4 Doctors agree with this answer

Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
Hi and welcome to HCM,
After going through your history , i suspect there two possibilities either there is some infection in the premolar or the molar teeth. Infection at the roots of the teeth often radiate pain along the jaw line.
Infected teeth can be treated with root canal procedure and the symptom of pain and swelling can be relieved permanently.
secondly , there can be infection in the gingival tissue leading to pain. This can be resolved by deep scaling and root planing of the teeth surfaces.
so i suggest you to get an OPG radiograph done which will show all the teeth,jaw , adjacent vital structures, periodontal bone loss ,extent of infection . accordingly treatment can be planned by your dentist. i hope this helps you , take care.
Answered: Tue, 29 Jan 2013
I find this answer helpful

 2 users find this helpful

3 Doctors agree with this answer

Dentist Dr. Khushboo Bhatia's  Response
Pain can be because of wisdom tooth eruption or can be because of temporomandibular joint disorder. If wisdom teeth are impacted, then it causes pain which may be radiating to the ear and neck and along with that, swelling of the jaws and gums are present. In case of TMJ disorders, pain is present in and around ear which may spread to face and tenderness of jaw muscles is present. In case of TMJ disorders, patient will have pain in opening the jaw wide, chewing and while yawning and along with that clicking sound is present while opening the mouth wide and head ache or neck ache is present. TMJ disorder occurs due to clenching or grinding of teeth or occurs due to malocclusion. Without clinical examination, it is difficult to give definite diagnosis. If it is because of impacted wisdom tooth, then wisdom tooth extraction is required. Before doing the extraction, dentist will take an x-ray to determine the position of wisdom tooth and if pain is because of TMJ disorder, then physical therapy, muscle relaxants and surgery may also be required. You can refer to your oral surgeon.
Answered: Tue, 29 Jan 2013
I find this answer helpful

4 Doctors agree with this answer

General & Family Physician Dr. Ramesh M.Vachharajani's  Response
Hi, Thanks for query.
It seems that you might have some problem in your premolars or molar teeth.
Due to carious teeth there migh be chronic infection at root of teeth giving tenderness at mid jaw line.
Consult dentist and get examined. He may go for x ray if thinks proper.
Ok and bye.
Answered: Fri, 27 Jul 2012
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor