Is your jaw causing you constant pain daily? Maybe you experience painful flare-ups that go away, only to return again in a few days. Jaw pain can make eating, speaking, and sleeping difficult.
Some causes of jaw pain can go away independently, while others require a dentist to treat the problem. Common reasons for jaw pain include:
While most jaw pain will go away on its own after a few days, you need to contact a dentist if it becomes a chronic, long-term problem. Our team considers your concerns, looks at your mouth, and, if required, performs tests and x-rays to discover the underlying issue.
The most common cause of long-term jaw pain is temporomandibular joint disorders, which affect the jaw joints and surrounding muscles and ligaments.
In addition to jaw injuries causing TMJ, you may also have TMJ as a result of:
TMJ typically causes the following symptoms:
The team can treat TMJ several ways, depending on the severity and what is causing it. Before scheduling surgeries or discussing implants, we look to fix the problem with less invasive methods, like bite guards, braces, or anti-inflammatory drugs that relieve jaw pain.
Bite guards are custom-fitted to your mouth and help to gently guide your teeth to their proper positions, elevating jaw pain and quickly addressing the symptoms caused by TMJ. If bite guards and pain relievers aren’t enough, we may recommend TMJ surgery to repair or replace your damaged temporomandibular joint.
Jaw pain can cause varying problems, and it’s not something you just have to power through. Our dentists address this kind of pain regularly and can help you enjoy a pain-free jaw.
To learn how we can help you, call TLN Family Dental or schedule an appointment online to get started at our Pearland or Houston, Texas office.