Jaw pain can be difficult to diagnose; however, there are treatments available that have proven effective for many patients. Some common causes of this type of pain include trauma or injury, teeth grinding or clenching, arthritis, and dental conditions such as gum disease or cavities. If the pain originates in the jaw joint, the problem could be caused by a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Another reason for jaw pain could be poor alignment of the teeth, which can in turn lead to bite misalignment.
If you are experiencing jaw pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mojgan Mazhari to receive a comprehensive diagnosis. Dr. Mazhari can perform an evaluation and suggest the best course of treatment. Whether you have TMD, have experienced a traumatic injury, suffer from gum disease, or require care from an outside specialist, the staff at Alexandria Dental Health & Smile Studio is ready to provide you with the best experience possible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We accept many types of insurance and will be happy to discuss financing options in order to alleviate any concerns.
Potential Causes of Jaw Pain
- Teeth grinding: One of the most common and easily treatable causes of jaw pain is teeth grinding and clenching. These actions place excess strain on the jaw joints and muscles, resulting in soreness and pain.
- TMJ Disorder (TMD): TMD refers to a range of issues that can afflict the temporomandibular joint(s), which connect the jawbone to the skull and allow for a full range of motion. Trauma, bite misalignment, hereditary conditions, and simple overuse can all contribute to pain in the jaw region. Dr. Mazhari has advanced experience in providing TMD/TMJ Treatment.
- Arthritis: Sometimes there’s arthritis in the jaw joints, just like any other part of the body. Arthritis is typically a degenerative condition, and without treatment, it can lead to increased pain, swelling, and even bone deterioration in the affected joints.
- Anatomical abnormalities: Anatomical issues can have a direct correlation with jaw pain. Sometimes, when we are born, the head and neck don’t develop correctly. As we grow, allergies, adenoids, the tonsils, and breathing all affect how our face develops, so in some cases, the cause(s) of jaw pain can be anatomical in nature.
- Ear disorders: Sometimes, diseases or other issues relating to the ears can cause jaw pain. Dr. Mazhari will likely encourage you to visit an ENT (a medical professional who specializes in conditions of the ears, nose, and throat) in order to verify whether or not you are experiencing a specifically ear-related condition.
- Musculoskeletal conditions: Sometimes, issues with the musculoskeletal system can result in jaw pain. These issues typically need to be addressed with either a chiropractor or physical therapist. If the pain does not resolve following orthopedic treatment, you can visit Dr. Mazhari in order to learn more about possible treatment options.
- Trauma: Sometimes, facial trauma can result in jaw pain, even years after the initial event. If the jaw is knocked out of alignment, the temporomandibular joints can be forced to work harder than necessary, leading to pain from overwork.