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By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
October 30, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: jaw pain   tmj  

Find out the many reasons you may be dealing with jaw discomfort or pain.jaw pain, tmj

Pain should never be the norm, so if you are noticing achy, painful jaws on more days than not then you may be wondering what’s going on. Our Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL, dentist, Dr. Frederic Mrugala, is here to provide information about common conditions and problems that could be leading to your symptoms and what should be done about it.

Some of these conditions are more common than others. It’s important that you don’t try to diagnose and treat yourself without first visiting our Westmont and Hickory Hills general dentist for a proper evaluation. Here are some things that could be responsible for your jaw pain:

TMJ Disorder

This is a fairly common condition that affects how the jaw joint functions. As a result of this dysfunction, you may experience pain and stiffness when opening or moving your jaws. You may find that opening your mouth too wide can also result in the jaw locking up or clicking. Luckily, TMJ disorders often go away on their own and managing symptoms can easily be done through simple measures such as:

  • Icing the jaw for 10 minutes at a time
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Performing jaw exercises each day
  • Getting a custom night guard to protect teeth from grinding and clenching
  • Reduce stress

Teeth Grinding

Are you someone who grinds their teeth in the middle of the night? If so, this bad habit not only puts a lot of pressure and wear on teeth but it can also cause issues with the jaw. Teeth grinding may happen if you are stressed or you may do it while you are asleep.

To prevent teeth grinding from causing dental or jaw issues it’s a good idea to talk to our Westmont and Hickory Hills family dentist about whether a night guard might help reduce your jaw discomfort and protect your teeth while you sleep. If stress is the culprit, it’s important to find an outlet to reduce your stress (e.g. meditation; yoga; therapy).

In some situations, a condition that doesn’t directly involve the jaws can still lead to referred pain. This could happen if you have gum disease, a deep cavity or abscessed tooth. While the jaws aren’t impacted the pain can still radiate to the jawbone.

We offer comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages in Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL. Whether you are trying to get jaw pain under control or you just need to schedule your routine cleaning, call us today to schedule your next visit.