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Reasons and Solutions for Chronic Jaw Pain

Some pains have obvious causes. For instance, if you have a toothache, then you may not know exactly why, but you can recognize that your tooth is in trouble and needs help. However, if you experience chronic jaw pain, you might not know exactly why, or what an appropriate solution might be. In many cases, chronic jaw pain is caused by TMJ disorder, a dysfunction in the joints that control your jaw’s movement. Because

TMJ disorder can have a variety of causes, finding the right solution requires a careful examination and accurate diagnosis from your dentist.

It’s Likely TMJ Disorder

TMJ disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a blanket term that can describe a variety of different conditions. To be considered TMJ disorder, the condition must affect the health, strength, integrity, and/or alignment of your jaw’s joints, or TMJs. This dysfunction can result in a number of symptoms, including:

  1. Chronic jaw pain

  2. Difficulty opening and closing your jaw

  3. Chronic headaches

  4. Uncontrollable teeth-grinding

  5. And more

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, then you should visit your dentist as soon as possible before the symptoms and your jaw dysfunction grow worse.

How Your Dentist Can Alleviate the Pain

To treat TMJ disorder, your dentist will first examine your teeth, jaw, and bite movement to determine its exact cause. Then, you and your dentist can work together to decide on an appropriate treatment plan. For instance, if your jaw dysfunction is caused by misaligned teeth, then your dentist might suggest orthodontic treatment to correct them. For many people, however, TMJ disorder can be addressed conservatively with a custom-designed oral appliance. Worn at night while you sleep, the appliance can help your jaw rest in a more comfortable position, allowing the joints and muscles to recover from excessive stress.

Ask Your Dentist About Treating Jaw Pain

If you suffer from chronic jaw pain, headaches, and other similar symptoms, then TMJ disorder may be the reason. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.

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