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Jaw pain when eating

This page contains some of the conditions that could be the cause of these symptoms, although it is not a complete list of possible conditions.

Conditions

Salivary gland stone

Saliva constantly flows from the salivary glands in your mouth.

Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Facial pain after eating
  • Face pain
  • Swelling of the face
  • Jaw pain when eating
  • Swelling of glands in the neck after eating

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Salivary gland stone.

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Teeth grinding

Bruxism is a medical term that describes the act of grinding the teeth and clenching the jaw.

Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Teeth grinding
  • Face pain
  • Worn or shortened teeth
  • Jaw pain when eating
  • Ear pain

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Teeth grinding.

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Temporal arteritis

Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a condition in which medium and large arteries, usually in the head and neck, become inflamed.

Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Headache
  • Tender scalp
  • Jaw pain when eating
  • Severe headache
  • Brief loss of vision

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Temporal arteritis.

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Temporomandibular joint disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TJDs) are problems that affect the joint between the lower jaw and the base of the skull.

Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Pain in jaw
  • Locked jaw
  • Jaw pain when eating
  • Teeth grinding
  • Headache

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Temporomandibular joint disorder.

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Important: If you have these symptoms, they may be unrelated to any of these conditions listed. If you are concerned about your symptoms then you should see a doctor.

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