Sore Jaw? What Could Be Wrong?
By H.F. Wehbe, D.D.S, D.M.D. - Family Dental Care
January 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: jaw pain   tmj  

Does your jaw ache when you speak or eat? Has this pain begun to affect your everyday life? If so, you could find relief with help from sore jawyour dentist. However, understanding your jaw pain is key to understanding your treatment plan. Find out more about jaw pain and what could be causing it with your dentist in West Roxbury, MA.

What causes jaw pain? 
While jaw pain can come from various sources, one of the most common is temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, disorder. This condition often begins mildly and becomes worse over a length of time. TMJ disorder often presents itself alongside bruxism, or teeth grinding. You actually have two temporomandibular joints. One of each lies on either side of your jaw to control your mouth’s opening, closing, side-to-side and back-and-forth movements.

Do I have TMJ disorder? 
TMJ disorder presents some specific symptoms which often make it more obvious than other conditions. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

  • popping or clicking noises when opening or closing the mouth, especially while eating
  • aching or radiating pain in the area of the face
  • locking of the jaw in the open position
  • grating sensation while opening or closing the mouth
  • difficulty chewing
  • general muscle stiffness in the jaw or facial regions

Jaw Pain Treatments in West Roxbury
Treating jaw pain often begins mildly with simple solutions like over-the-counter pain relievers or muscle relaxers. Physical therapy, which provides specialized exercises and stretches, can also help manage pain caused by TMJ disorder. Oral dental appliances like splints help properly align the jaw. More intrusive methods of treatment like steroid injections, draining fluid from the joint, and even open-joint surgery may become necessary in more severe cases of TMJ disorder.

For more information on jaw pain, please contact Dr. Hazem Wehbe, Dr. Evelin Adamian, Dr. Shadi Daher, Sarah Stipho and Dr. Khaled Seifelnasr in West Roxbury, MA. Call (617) 323-5000 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

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