Get Relief from Jaw PainJaw joints can be affected by several different things, and some of them might surprise you. You probably would not be surprised to know that a toothache could be behind pain in your jaw or excessive chewing. Some of these other causes, though, may not only surprise you, but you may discover the reason for your pain.
About TMJJaw pain, especially when it is in the jaw joint, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ), in particular, may be caused by one or more factors. They are wide-ranging, and some of them you may not even realize have any connection with it at all. In many cases, jaw pain is not lasting. It may only occur for a week or so, and then disappear.
Causes of TMJHere are some problems that you may have that could be causing your jaw joint pain.
Grinding Your Teeth
A dentist can easily identify people who grind their teeth – whether they are aware of it or not. Steps can be taken to preserve the teeth with a customized mouth guard. If the problem is aggravated by stress, the dentist can recommend some stress reduction programs to you, which may include exercise, therapy, or medications.
Clenching Your Teeth
Getting diagnosed and treated is very important because sleep apnea can lead to many serious medical problems, and may even be fatal. It can cause problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and depression. When you also consider the fact that they are also very tired all the time, it can also cause car accidents and problems when operating machinery.
TMJ SymptomsWhen you have TMJ, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
Pain in the temporomandibular joints
Have difficulty or pain when chewing
Jaw joint may lock, making it hard to open or close
Clicking or popping sound when moving your jaw
An aching pain near or in the ear.
At-home Treatments for TMJMany people could eliminate TMJ symptoms on their own at home. You can often help yourself get some TMJ pain relief by following these tips:
Reduce your stress
Avoid tough and chewy foods, such as gum, beef jerky, apples
Lay off the caffeine – it can add to muscle tension
Massage your jaw joint
Stay away from alcohol – which often makes teeth grinding worse
Do not chew on pencils or pens.
When to See a DentistA dentist can help diagnose pain in your jaw joints. They are trained to identify and treat problems in the mouth and jaw. Several treatments can be recommended and given, and most of them are non-surgical.
If you have jaw joint pain and are looking for TMJ treatment or jaw pain relief, you can contact Dr. Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board Certified Periodontist. He can provide you with TMJ remedies, as well as customized mouth guards to help with bruxism or sleep apnea. He has offices in the Carrollton, TX and Grapevine, TX areas. For a consultation or dental treatment for better oral health, you can contact his office today at (817) 756-8578.