Tooth Pain Vs. Jaw Pain

young woman holds her jaw with pain

While there are different types and levels of oral pain, any form of dental discomfort can be disruptive. In fact, both tooth pain and jaw pain can make it difficult to eat, sleep or even concentrate in some cases. While your jaw and your teeth are both components of your dental health, it is important to distinguish where you discomfort is coming from. At Peninsula Dentistry, we are proudly equipped to diagnose and treat all types of dental pain in our Charleston office. While we do our best to protect your smile from problems or injury, we know the importance of helping you find relief when problems do occur.

Tooth Pain

After a thorough exam, x-rays and consultation, we can pinpoint a specific cause for your tooth pain, which may include issues such as decay, enamel erosion, fracture or infection. Depending on the culprit, we can then recommend an effective treatment plan for relief. In all cases, we take the time to educate our patients on how to avoid tooth pain in the future. Keep in mind that your tooth pain may range from mild discomfort when you bite down to sharp and throbbing pain all day long. If your smile is anything less than comfortable, don’t dismiss it.

Jaw Pain

Jaw pain can have a variety of causes. Your jaw joint and surrounding muscles may produce pain when the teeth are misaligned or when you have a nightly teeth grinding habit. Jaw pain is also a primary symptom of TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. Regardless of why your jaw feels sore, painful or stiff, we have dental specialists who can work with you to find relief. Jaw pain can cause you to avoid eating certain foods or it can even lead to tension headaches and other disruptive symptoms. You can trust that our dentists always recommend the most conservative and least invasive treatment option first.

Prompt Treatment for Your Dental Discomfort

When it comes to tooth pain or jaw pain, we know that time is of the essence. You may be missing work or school due to your dental discomfort. Therefore, please do not hesitate to call us for a prompt appointment when needed. We will do our best to work you in as soon as possible. It is our privilege to care for your smile, even when you have urgent or unexpected concerns. Call Peninsula Dentistry in Charleston today.

Posted on behalf of Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: (843) 507-5481

FAX: (843) 577-4653


Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm
Lunch break: 1pm - 2pm

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Meet Our Doctors

Dr. James B. Wisner

Dr. James B. Wisner was raised in Charleston and attended Porter-Gaud High School. He graduated from The Honors College at The University of South Carolina in 1996 and received his D.M.D. degree in 2002 from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Wisner served in Las Vegas, Nevada and Spangdahlem, Germany as a Captain in the United States Air Force for three years where he completed an AEGD residency and was certified in Intravenous Conscious Sedation.

Dr. Caitlin McPherson

Dr. Caitlin McPherson was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. A graduate of Porter Gaud High School, she went on to receive her Bachelors of Science from Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College. Dr. McPherson earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. She is an active member of The American Dental Association and The Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. McPherson performs all aspects of general dentistry and is Invisalign certified. Dr. McPherson especially enjoys treating pediatric patients.


538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone (843) 507-5481
Fax (843) 577-4653

Opening Hours

Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm
Lunch break: 1pm - 2pm

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