What is Causing My Jaw Pain?
By Michael E. Huguet DDS
June 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tmj   jaw pain  

What your dentists in Pleasant Hill want you to knowjaw pain

If you suffer from chronic jaw pain, chances are you want to know what is causing it. Jaw pain can be complicated and it is often difficult to determine the cause. That’s why you need the services of a family dentist expert. Your dentists at Michael E. Huguet, DDS & Associates in Pleasant Hill, CA, can help determine the cause and help you get relief from your jaw pain.

Jaw pain can be acute and stabbing, chronic and throbbing and radiating. Whatever kind of jaw pain you have, your dentists in Pleasant Hill can help.

A very common cause of jaw pain is inflammation of your temporomandibular joint, also called the TMJ. The joint can be moved out of proper position by an injury or accident, causing friction as the joint tries to move properly. The tissue around the joint becomes inflamed and swollen, adding to your pain.

There are some signs and symptoms you might have TMJ-related jaw pain. You need to pay attention to:

  • Chronic jaw pain that doesn’t resolve
  • Aching pain around your ears and parts of your face
  • Pain while you are trying to chew
  • Popping, clicking or locking of your jaw
  • There are many successful professional remedies for TMJ-related jaw pain including:
  • Muscle relaxants and pain medications
  • Custom-made bite guards or splints
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Cortisone injections around the joint
  • Flushing or lavage around the joint

If you have jaw pain in the morning, there is a good chance you are grinding and clenching your teeth at night. Night grinding causes pain in other areas of your face too and can cause headaches and tight facial muscles.

The remedy for night grinding is wearing a nightguard which is custom made for you. Generic nightguards available in stores won’t fit you properly and may make your pain worse over time. It’s important to schedule an appointment as soon as possible with your dentists in Pleasant Hill because chronic grinding also can damage your teeth, resulting in expensive restorative treatment.

Get some relief from your jaw pain with just a simple phone call to your dentists at Michael E. Huguet, DDS & Associates in Pleasant Hill, CA. Don’t suffer from jaw pain; get some help by calling today!