Types of jaw pain after dental work
Some people find that they experience pain in their jaw after they have received dental treatment. This page overviews many of the most common types of dental jaw problems reported after a visit to the dentist, looking at some of the potential causes and how to treat jaw pain after dental work, if necessary.
Sometimes, if you experience dental jaw pain, it might be because your dentist has made a mistake or been negligent in your care. If this is the case, and you are injured as a result, you may be eligible to make a claim for dental negligence compensation. If you think this might be the case, get in touch with us for free initial advice.
Dental negligence injury claims – more info:Jaw pain after dental injection
It’s normal for there to be some pain or tenderness after you have had a dental procedure that required an injection of anaesthetic, and it can sometimes feel like the pain is radiating from your jaw. In most cases, this discomfort won’t last for longer than a couple of days at most and should fade on its own. However, if your jaw pain after dental anaesthesia lasts for longer than this or starts getting worse, it could be a sign of infection or that you have been injured whilst undergoing the procedure. You should go back to your dentist as soon as possible so that they can see if you need further treatment.
Whilst a sore jaw after dental injections isn’t usually a sign that anything is wrong, if you believe that your dentist has been negligent in relation to this and you have suffered an injury as a result, it’s possible that you might be able to claim compensation. Contact us for more information.
Stiff jaw after dental work
The most common type of jaw discomfort after dental work is when your jaw feels stiff and aches after you have undergone a dental procedure. Generally, this type of dental pain jaw ache simply stems from your mouth being open for a prolonged period, which can cause strain on your muscles and result in a sore jaw after dental work. The pain should go away on its own within a couple of days if you simply have a strained jaw muscle after dental work. However, if the pain doesn’t go away on its own or starts to get worse, it could be a sign of something more serious. You should go back to your dentist if this is the case to see if you need any more treatment to resolve the problem.
This type of upper or lower jaw pain after dental work is usually not serious, but if you believe that your dentist was negligent in your care and it has resulted in you being injured, you might be able to make a claim for compensation. Contact us for more details.
Jaw pain after dental cleaning
Some people experience a sore jaw joint after dental work like cleaning and plaque removal. This is usually simply due the strain of having your mouth open in an unnatural position for an extended period of time. However, if the jaw pain after dental deep cleaning does not fade on its own after a couple of days, or if it gets worse, it could be a sign that something else is wrong. You should return to your dental practice to see if you need any further treatment.
Jaw pain after dental implant surgery
Dental implant surgery is a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth with artificial ones that are implanted into your jawbone to ensure they are securely fitted. The procedure involves placing a titanium screw into the jawbone to act the root for your artificial tooth. A crown or denture is placed on top of this to replicate a natural tooth.
As this procedure involves drilling into the jawbone, it’s normal for there to be some pain in the days after the treatment as you start to heal. However, if you experience pain for longer than this, or if it starts to get worse, it could be a symptom of something being wrong. Causes of pain after an implant procedure could indicate an infection at the site of the implant or an injury to the surrounding area or another tooth. This type of issue after having implants fitted doesn’t necessarily mean that your dentist has done anything wrong, but sometimes dental negligence can mean that you are avoidably injured during the procedure and this can lead to further problems. If you think that this is the case, you can get in touch with us for a free consultation to discuss your options.
Dental abscess jaw pain
If you experience pain in the jaw area after dental treatment, which is persistent and throbbing in nature, it could mean that you are developing an abscess. Essentially, an abscess is a type of bacterial infection that causes pus to collect in an area of your mouth, and can be accompanied by swelling, a pain that spreads to your ear or neck as well as the affected area of the jaw, sensitivity to hot or cold drinks or food and an unpleasant taste in your mouth. If the infection isn’t treated quickly, it can also make you feel quite unwell, with a high temperature – and the swelling can cause problems with opening your mouth or mean you have some difficulty with swallowing or even breathing. A dental abscess resulting in jaw pain like this doesn’t always mean that your dentist was negligent when they treated you, but if they did deliver care that wasn’t up to standard and you have suffered as a result, you might be eligible to make a claim for dental negligence compensation. Contact us to find out more.
Chronic jaw pain after dental work
Whilst most jaw pain from dental work will go away on its own after a couple of days, on rare occasions, some people may experience chronic pain that keeps coming back. This might be in the form of jaw and cheek pain after dental work, which can sometimes come back even after some time has passed since your treatment. For an issue like a bruised jaw after dental work, the pain should start to fade within a few days after the procedure. Some people may experience jaw and ear pain after dental work, where both areas are tender. Similarly, some people find that they suffer from jaw pain and headaches after dental treatment, or experience jaw pain after dental crown procedures. As in any case when pain after dental work lasts longer than a couple of days after the procedure, or gets worse rather than fading away, you should return to your dentist to see if there is something else wrong.
Whilst rare, some people experience nerve pain in the jaw after dental work, which doesn’t go away, or is accompanied by other symptoms, like numbness or tingling. This may indicate that you have experienced nerve damage whilst undergoing dental treatment. In most cases, nerve damage from dental work is temporary and should improve in time. However, permanent nerve damage will mean that you may never fully recover. Whilst nerve damage isn’t always due to your dentist making a mistake, if you think that you have nerve damage that was caused by your dentist’s negligence, you might be able to make a compensation claim. Contact us for more information.
Extreme jaw pain after dental work
If you experience a high level of pain after having treatment from a dentist, feel that your jaw is out of alignment after dental work or suspect that there is a serious issue, you will need to return to see your dentist as soon as possible. Whilst it’s very uncommon, there have been rare cases where patients experience a dislocated jaw after dental work. There have even been rare occurrences where the dentist broke the jaw during extraction work, due to the force exerted to remove a tooth. If you experience extreme jaw pain after dental work and can’t open your mouth, it’s essential that you see your dentist urgently. These types of jaw problems after dental work are extremely rare but can sometimes have been caused by your dentist’s negligence. If you think this might be the case, we can assess what has happened to see if you might be eligible for compensation. Get in touch for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does jaw pain last after dental work?
The length of time that you might experience jaw pain after undergoing dental work will depend on the cause of the pain. In most cases, the jaw pain or ache will fade after a few days and won’t be anything that you need to be worried about. However, sometimes jaw pain after a dental procedure can be a sign that something isn’t quite right. If the pain doesn’t go away on its own after a few days, if it gets worse, or is accompanied by other symptoms, you need to see your dentist as soon as possible to see if any further treatment is required.
How to relieve jaw pain after dental work
The best way to relieve jaw pain after dental work will depend on exactly what is causing the discomfort. If your jaw pain is down to a non-serious and short-term problem, such your jaw aching from having been in an unusual position during the procedure, the pain is likely to require no treatment, but you can take over-the-counter pain medication to help, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
If this doesn’t relieve your jaw pain, or if the pain doesn’t go away as expected, it could be a sign that there is something else wrong and you should arrange to see your dentist again to check if anything else is wrong or whether you need any more treatment.
Whilst experiencing jaw pain after dental work isn’t always a sign that there is something wrong or that a mistake was made, in some rare cases, dentists might be negligent in their care which can result in you being injured or requiring further treatment. If you suffer as a result of your dentist’s mistake or negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. We offer a free consultation so that you can find out if you can make a claim. Get in touch today for more information.
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