Your jaw is a set of bones that holds your teeth. It consists of two main parts. The upper part is the maxilla. It doesn't move. The moveable lower part is called the mandible. You move it when you talk or chew. The two halves of the mandible meet at your chin. The joint where the mandible meets your skull is the temporomandibular joint.
Jaw problems include
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
- Osteonecrosis, which happens when your bones lose their blood supply
Treatment of jaw problems depends on the cause.
- Orofacial Pain (Academy of General Dentistry)
- Bisphosphonate Therapy (and Osteonecrosis of the Jaw) (American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons)
- Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Difficulty Chewing (American Society of Clinical Oncology) Also in Spanish
- Fractures of the Jaw and Midface (Merck & Co., Inc.)
- Jaw Dislocation (Merck & Co., Inc.)
- Malocclusion (Misaligned Teeth) (Merck & Co., Inc.)
- Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
- Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) (American College of Rheumatology)
- Genetics Home Reference: auriculo-condylar syndrome (National Library of Medicine)
- Genetics Home Reference: hyperparathyroidism-jaw tumor syndrome (National Library of Medicine)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Retrospective Audit: Does Prior Assessment by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons...
- Article: Osteonecrosis of the Jaw in Patients Receiving Bone-Targeted Therapies: An...
- Article: Interventions for treating bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ).
- Jaw Injuries and Disorders -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- Find a Surgeon (American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons)
- National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Also in Spanish