What Is Causing My Jaw Pain?

By George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
July 27, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: jaw pain   tmj  

What your dentist in Danbury wants you to knowjaw pain

Jaw pain is a common and debilitating problem. It can sideline you with stabbing pain that radiates into your head and facial muscles. It can put you on the couch from chronic, aching pain that makes it difficult to open and close your mouth.

There are a few causes of jaw pain, and fortunately, there are also effective treatments depending on what the cause is. Dr. George Landress at Danbury Smiles in Danbury, CT wants to share causes and treatment options for your jaw pain.

If you’ve never had orthodontic treatment, you may have poor jaw alignment. You may not notice bad jaw alignment, but over time, the effect becomes more obvious. Jaw alignment problems cause stress and wear-and-tear on one or two areas of your mouth, including your jaws. The stress of eating isn’t spread evenly across your jaws like it should be. Orthodontic treatment can correct this type of jaw pain and Dr. Landress offers a full range of orthodontic treatments to create perfect jaw alignment and straighten teeth.

If you notice your jaw pain is worse early in the morning after you wake up, you could be grinding your teeth at night. Chronic grinding and clenching your teeth can damage your teeth by wearing them down, and can also cause jaw stress, resulting in tight muscles, ligaments and tendons. If you are a night grinder, Dr. Landress can help by making you a custom-fit nightguard to wear while you sleep. The nightguard prevents damage to your teeth while relaxing your jaws.

A third cause of jaw pain is problems with your temporomandibular joint, also known as the TMJ. The TMJ uses a sliding action to open and close your jaw. Because of its motion, it can be displaced easily, causing friction and wear to the joint. Increased friction and wear causes inflammation, swelling, and pain, which can be severe. Dr. Landress can help jaw pain from TMD with several effective treatments including hot and cold therapy, custom-fit night splints, medications and other treatments.

If your life has suffered because of jaw pain, it’s time to take action by calling Dr. Landress at Danbury Smiles in Danbury, CT. Call today and start enjoying your life again!