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Jaw Pain Disorder: Causes and Treatments

Posted on 5/23/2022 by Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates
Jaw Pain Disorder: Causes and TreatmentsIf you are experiencing jaw pain, you are not alone. Jaw pain disorder is a common problem, and there are many causes and treatments available. This condition is caused by various factors, including teeth grinding, arthritis, and stress. Here is what you should know.

What Is Jaw Pain Disorder and Its Causes?

Many people experience occasional jaw pain, but it can interfere with daily activities for some when the pain is constant. This condition is known as jaw pain disorder, and several different factors can cause it. Jaw pain is not only annoying but can also be quite debilitating. It can make it difficult to eat, speak, or even open your mouth. There are many different causes of jaw pain, and it is essential to see a doctor if you are experiencing any discomfort in this area. One common cause is teeth grinding, which can put stress on the muscles and joints of the jaw. Another potential cause is TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder. This condition affects the joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull, and it can be caused by an injury, arthritis, or misaligned teeth. Additionally, bruxism (a condition that causes people to clench or grind their teeth) can also lead to jaw pain. 

Treatments for Jaw Pain Disorder

Several different treatments can be effective for jaw pain disorder. One option is to take over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. These medications can help to reduce inflammation and pain. Another option is to apply a cold compress to the jaw for fifteen minutes at a time. It will help to numb the pain and reduce inflammation. If the pain is severe, your doctor may prescribe more vital pain medication. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem. However, this is usually only recommended if other treatments have been unsuccessful.

If you are experiencing jaw pain, it is essential to talk to our dentist to determine and treat the cause. Many options are available, and the best course of action will depend on the underlying cause.
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