Jaw ache causes? Besides teeth grinding 

Many. Including Hx of trauma, malocclusion, parafunctional habits, infection, reaction to medication, systemic disorder, stress, referred pain, and many other possibilities. See your Dentist for diagnosis and treatment or referral.
TMJ -TMD. is the most common non-dental related chronic facial and jaw pain. See your dentist first to rule out dental pain.
Numerous. ..causes of jaw ache are possible some of dental and many of non-dental origin. You absolutely need to be seen for an evaluation and please don't delay because the longer you wait, the more expensive and invasive become the treatment options. Even if tooth grinding is the culprit, if it makes your jaw ache, it may well require treatment.
Many. Many. A few include wisdom tooth or other tooth infection, tumor, periodontal problem. Ear problems. See ENT doc or oral surgeon for assessment.

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Will using a mouth guard for teeth grinding cause jaw pain?

Yes, initially. Initially, when using a mouth guard, you may unconsciously continue to grind your teeth (bruxism). The mouth guard itself doesn't cause the jaw pain. The bruxism does because in the process of grinding, you put strain on your mandibular joint and the surrounding muscles. However, the mouth guard may make it more pronounced since you may grind more putting more strain on the jaw - temporarily. Read more...
Mouth guard. A well fitted professional mouth guard won't cause pain. A poorly fitted (either at home or an average job in a dental office) can cause pain. Many guards require a follow up visit for minor adjusting of the bite or the fit. Read more...
It can. Depends on the type of mouthpiece- hard or soft, upper or lower. If you have never had jaw pain before, even though you have been grinding, i would go back to the dentist who made the mg. Now, if it is stare bough (otc, ) get rid of it and see a specialist who can hopefully stop the grinding and not contribute to additional symptoms. Read more...
Mouth Guards & Grind. Mouth guards are to protect your teeth and oral area from sports related injuries. If you feel you are grinding your teeth you really need a dentist to work with to get you a custom appliance that is used to reduce the amount of grinding. The more custom the fit the better for you . Store bought ones 'might" work but not as good a custom one. Read more...
Possible. 2 reasons to wear a mouthguard for grinding are 1) to prevent tooth wear and 2) prevent damage to jaw/TMJ. Some guards actually make the grinding worse. See a TMJ expert for guidance about this. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask MD, dentist and dental society for referral. Read more...
It could. A mouth guard is designed to protect teeth during contact sports. Custom made well designed and adjusted mouth guards are far superior to OTC appliances, and are less likely to cause joint distress. Night Guards (Occlusal Orthotic) provide symptomatic relief for joint dysfunction caused by grinding/clenching/malocclusion/trauma, and should relieve joint distress. Read more...

Why would my jaw be aching for the last 3 days? I haven't noticed my teeth grinding so what could the cause be?

Tooth erupting. Either an erupting tooth or an infected tooth can give an aching feeling. If you awake with pain then it could be clenching or night time bruxism. If the pain comes on its own without any kind of stimulus say when you are not doing any chewing or drinking anything it may be due to a wisdom tooth erupting or an infection. Is there swelling associated or a gum boil nearby...That's infection. Read more...
Myofascial pain? Referred pain from the muscles of mastication or other sources, like wisdom teeth, gum infection, etc. If muscle, spray and stretch, deep massage, relaxation techniques will ameliorate the condition. Rec. See your dentist for final diagnosis. Read more...

I don't have a teeth grinding problem. Do muscle aches in the jaw take a while to go away?

Jaw ache needs exam. Jaw aches have many causes. Bringing teeth can occur at night when you sleep, so this may be happening without your knowledge. Offset bite can also be a problem . At 42 it is doubtful, that wisdom teeth are coming it, but teeth remain the main suspect. Masseter muscles, pterygoids, or even trigrminal nerve disease can lead to facial, pain. Select a doctor knowledgeable about this area for best plan. Read more...
Other causes. Might be other causes for the muscle ache, like stress but also teeth are still the prime cause of facial pain. Read more...

Grinding teeth (anxious) & had to cough, when I did, felt dull ache in back of head. How could I relieve the ache? Massage?

Teeth grinding. Grinding can wear teeth flat, fracture them, damage the bone that supports the teeth, and damage jaw joints. Talk to you Dentist about occlusal orthotic, heat, relaxation exercises, evaluation of your occlusion. muscle relaxants, massage therapy, and referral to a therapist for your anxiety. Read more...

Hi. Bumped head on wall, tiny bump has healed but can't quit grinding teeth (I have tmj) that same area aches now. Ideas on wht it is? How to treat?

Need more data. I need more information before I can try to help you. Consult with me at www.healthtap.com/douglasdds. Read more...
See DDS for Eval. Bruxism (grinding teeth) is not a dangerous disorder. However, it can cause permanent damage to the teeth and uncomfortable jaw pain. See dentists who have more experience in evaluating bruxism and treating TMJ. Read more...

During the day when I am awake, I grind/clench my teeth. This is what I think makes my jaw ache. Is this a bad thing and how do I stop?

Not good. You should have a better handle on your stress and anxiety. If you are grinding during the day, the grinding at night is likely even worse. Not only may this cause you to have frequent headaches you may also be cracking your teeth and wearing out the enamel on your teeth. Consult a dentist . Read more...
Being aware. Is the first step. When you feel like clenching substitute another activity like squeezing your hand. It is silent and won't bother antony. Talk to your counselor to find out if you can determine what the stress is that causes you to clench so maybe it can be lessened. That is the best thing you can do. Maybe your parents can help too. Read more...

It is possible that a jaw ache and tooth ache cause a head ache?

Yes. They may all be related or perhaps separate issues. The best way to find out is to see a dentist. Read more...
Absolutley. There is a dynamic interrelation. Finding the source of your toothache and treating it would be the first step. If your jaw ache then is relieved from that alone, then great - problem solved. If the jaw ache is still present, then diagnosing the cause of that and treating it should resolve your ha as well. If head aches persist, then additional evaluation with md prudent. See dentist first. Read more...
Very common. symptoms of toothache include jaw pain, headache, fever, and facial tenderness. see your dentist. Read more...