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When It's Not TMD: Other Causes of Jaw and Facial Pain

by Stephanie Watson  

Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) isn’t the only possible cause of jaw and facial pain. Ruling out other reasons, such as those below, can help your doctor arrive at the right diagnosis:

  • Sinus and ear infections
  • Migraine and other types of headaches
  • Trigeminal neuralgia (damage to the nerve that carries sensation from the face to the brain)
  • Glossopharyngeal neuralgia (damage to the nerve that carries sensation from the throat and tongue to the brain)
  • Postherpetic neuralgia (nerve damage from shingles)
  • Giant cell arteritis (inflammation in the blood vessels of the face)
  • Tooth or gum disease
  • Head and neck cancer

This article first appeared in the March 2019 issue of UC Berkeley Health After 50.