What is Causing My Jaw Pain?
By Dr. Kondoff
September 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: jaw pain   tmj  

Don’t let jaw pain be a regular occurrence when it can easily be treated.jaw pain

There are many different causes for jaw pain. Of course, if you are dealing with this discomfort your number one goal is to get the problem properly assessed so that you can get the treatment you need. Find out what could be to blame for your pain and how our Virginia Beach dentists Dr. Ron Kondoff may be able to help ease your symptoms.

Whether you deal with throbbing, aching jaws or jaws that just feel overworked and tired, these are all symptoms that shouldn’t go ignored. Discomfort of any kind, no matter how big or small needs to be nipped in the bud before it causes long-term complications.

It’s important that you let our Virginia Beach general dentists evaluate and determine the cause of your symptoms so that we can create a treatment plan that works most effectively for you. Common causes of jaw pain include,

  • Teeth grinding
  • TMJ disorder
  • Gum disease
  • Cavities
  • Dental abscess

Teeth grinding puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on certain teeth, which can lead to jaw pain. Teeth grinding may be a symptom of anxiety; however, many people don’t even know that they are teeth grinders because they do it while they are asleep. Of course, when you come in every six months for your routine cleanings and evaluations we can often pinpoint whether you grind your teeth; fortunately, there are simple measures you can take to stop this bad habit including stress-relieving techniques and wearing custom night guards while you sleep.

TMJ disorder is another very common reason for jaw pain, stiffness and discomfort. This condition can be the result of misaligned jaws, trauma to the jaw joint or teeth grinding. Besides jaw pain, an audible popping sound when opening the jaws is also another common symptom of TMJ disorder. While the problem often resolves itself, we can offer you conservative ways to manage your symptoms and reduce your jaw pain.

While teeth grinding and TMJ disorder are standard reasons for jaw pain, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t other reasons why this problem can surface. Referral pain can also occur if you are dealing with a toothache, infection, gum disease, or a dental abscess.

If you are dealing with jaw pain then isn’t it time you had it assessed by our Virginia Beach general dentists? Call our office today to find out more about the TMJ disorder treatments we have to offer. We believe that all of our patients should live pain-free!

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